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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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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"Lullaby" from the cult Soviet film "Circus"
The plot of this film, perhaps, everyone remembers. And the moment when the audience and circus workers passed a dark-skinned boy to each other and sang him a lullaby. "Lullaby"…

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Monthly Archives: May 2018

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 trainers demonstrated their skills in the Ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece, in Rome and Byzantium. This is evidenced by carved drawings on the walls of ancient temples and pyramids. Continue reading

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 the roles in Gaidai’s comedies. However, they could have been more, if the actor himself did not miss the chance to play in the cult films of Riazanov and Gaidai, which brought popularity to other actors, although initially these roles were written specifically for Nikulin. Continue reading

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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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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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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