In the circus-shapito

The history of the circus as a history of cruelty and mercy
The history of the circus can be viewed from different angles. For example, as a story of the gradual rejection of cruelty-from the bloodthirsty antiquity to our time, when the…

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Johnny Eck-the legendary "half-man" who defeated himself, but lost to human cruelty
Inhabitancy "If I want to see freaks, I just look out the window" - so sharply about modern society expressed at the end of life "half-moon" johnny Eck, a talented…

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In the circus-shapito
The artist Pavel Zhorov arrived in this big southern city in a very bad mood. After all, for so long, he had managed to avoid traveling circuses by hook or…

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How the famous Durov circus dynasty appeared in Russia

This circus dynasty has been around for more than 150 years. Grandfather Durov – its legendary founder, remained in the memory of people as the first person to refuse the whip and stick when training animals and for the first time turned the circus from an entertainment for adults to a children’s holiday. In addition to the ability to educate our younger brothers, the Durovs were able to communicate with arrogant officials, they were legendary. Continue reading

Rules of life of Yuri Nikulin-front-line soldier, actor and clown, who was called “the Great comedian of the world»

He was adored by the whole huge country, and his colleagues could only dream of such popularity as Yuri Nikulin’s. People fell in love with the characters of his roles immediately, and films with Nikulin’s participation became cult. “The Caucasian captive and the New adventures of Shurik”, “the diamond hand”. “Dog Barbos and unusual cross”, “Operation Y” and other adventures of Shurik” – they are still watched with pleasure today. Continue reading

In the German circus instead of live animals began to use holograms

Traditional circus with animals often causes resentment among animal rights activists. Animals in such circuses often do not have access to nature and spend their entire lives in small cages, forced to perform tricks and punished for disobedience with lashes or stun guns.

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As a Russian strongman on a horse from the battlefield took out and people from the cannon caught

About 100 years ago, the whole world admired the “Iron” and “Amazing” Samson. This man really expanded the boundaries of human capabilities, because with a modest height and weight, he managed tricks that could not be repeated by the giants-athletes of those times. The famous strongman and circus artist Alexander Zass remained in the memory of descendants also thanks to the system of exercises that is still popular. Continue reading

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Mal da Udal: the world's most famous dwarf who was loved on both sides of the ocean
Despite his small stature, Charles Stratton became so famous in his time that all of America, Europe, and Asia spoke of him. He was rich, famous, talented, loved by people,…

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Inseparable brothers, thanks to which the term "Siamese twins" appeared"
The term "Siamese twins" came from two brothers, Chang and Eng, who were born in Siam, but were known far beyond the borders of their homeland. Most of their lives…

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A book about famous clowns
Every good book is interesting in its own way. Its originality is given by the author: his talent, life experience, knowledge of the subject, love for it. A monograph about…

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Emigrant everyday life of Oleg Popov: What made the legendary clown leave the country after 60 years
A year ago, the famous circus performer, who was called the "Sunny clown", Oleg Popov, passed away. He died while on tour in Russia, and for many the news of…

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