Ladies, go ahead: circus of curiosities of the nineteenth century
Circus in the modern view, with an arena and a dome, appeared only 200 years ago. However, then the artists, for the most part, entertained the audience not with their…

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"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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Stories of nineteenth-century albinos caught in the lens of a photographer
During the 1800s, if you were different in appearance from most people, your fate was sealed. You could hardly get a job anywhere, you would not have a chance to…

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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.

Some countries have even officially banned the use of wild animals for entertainment shows — for example, in the Netherlands, Ireland and Mexico. Continue reading

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

"King of jesters" Anatoly Durov: why officials were afraid of the founder of the famous circus dynasty
The famous Russian trainer and clown Anatoly Durov, who became the founder of the circus dynasty, turned the idea of clowning and circus art. He was the first circus performer…

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Igor and Victoria Kio: the illusion of love lasting 30 years
He was the greatest illusionist and wizard of the Soviet era. She is his assistant in the arena. To understand the depth of their feelings, they had to be on…

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Circus victims: 10 tragic cases that occurred in the arena
"Only the tiger is not clear that he is trained, because I have many scars" - these words from the song of Mikhail Boyarsky about the difficult work of the…

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Failed Detochkin, Manager Bunsha and Ivan the terrible: why Yuri Nikulin refused cult roles
In the creative Arsenal of each actor there are roles that become his business card and bring fame, recognition and success to millions of viewers. For Yuri Nikulin, these were…

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