"Lady Monkey": an incredible Mexican woman who became a curiosity of the circus in the XIX century
In the XIX century, circus performances were incredibly popular, in which people with all kinds of physical characteristics performed. Some were naturally conjoined twins, others had extra limbs, and others…

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The life and death of the world's ugliest woman: the Amazing story of Julia Pastrana
Julia Pastrana was called the ugliest woman in the world, and there were objective reasons for this: from head to toe, Julia was covered with coarse black hair, her nose…

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Article about the circus
Not "circus people", but "circus people". On "circus people" will be offended – this is an insult, like "Jews, Ukrainians". Because circus-a special nationality, a small people numbering about five…

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Circus wrestlers and strongmen: the time when women could beat a man and get paid for it

At the beginning of the twentieth century, women tried to be as good as men. Can’t women do what their husbands or brothers do? It’s no big deal. Then there were a lot of women wrestlers and women strongmen who often went to the arena and arranged demonstration (however, real too) fights.
Circus fights were particularly notable. They were held to music, and the judges were often ordinary people from those who came to look at these unusual ladies with muscles. Such fights were often with a prescribed scenario, so that there were always moments when people’s breath catches, and that until the last they did not know who is stronger, who will win. Circus performers carefully prepared for the show to tickle the audience’s nerves with their performance and make the final quite unexpected.

Sometimes in the circus pavilions, fights were arranged with willing members of the public. There were many men who wanted to prove to “these women” who is stronger and more important. Such shows, as a rule, was even more excitement. But regardless of whether women became winners (and most often did) or not, the public still did not take them seriously. In addition, the organizers of such performances understood that only female muscles do not attract the audience, so the strongmen were often dressed in emphatically erotic outfits, and if they had to fight with each other, this rehearsed show also had some intimate overtones.

 

Oleg Popov: Two guiding stars of the Solar clown
Sunny clown Oleg Popov was known and loved all over the world. It seemed that there was no person more positive and cheerful. He had everything in his life: fame,…

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The last refuge of pure art: circus performers on the canvases of European artists of the XIX century
Now no one knows exactly when the first circus performers appeared on the planet. But thanks to archaeological finds, we can say for sure that acrobats and jugglers, comedians and…

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Secrets of the Zapashny circus dynasty: man-eating Tigers, injuries in the arena, broken destinies
April 2 marks the 91st anniversary of the birth of the famous Soviet circus artist, tiger trainer, representative of the legendary circus dynasty Walter Zapashny. He passed away 12 years…

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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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