Secrets of the most famous wizard of the twentieth century: truth and fiction about Emile Kio
April 11 marks 123 years since the birth of the founder of the famous circus dynasty Emil Teodorovich Kio. Even during his lifetime, so many legends were associated with his…

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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…

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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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Monthly Archives: July 2018

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 trainer are well known to everyone. The circus is associated with exciting performances, aerial gymnasts under the dome, funny clowns, clever jugglers and acrobats, but it also happens that the arena becomes a place where the real drama unfolds. Just one wrong move or look, and the artist’s life is on the line… Continue reading

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, recognition, financial well-being, and personal happiness.British Queen called him Sunny the clown, and Charlie Chaplin was on his knees in front of the talent of the Master. It just so happened that the solar clown he was widowed. And then fate gave him a meeting with a woman who became for him a sunset happiness. Continue reading

The king of shapito: how a clown was crowned in Albania
Bearded anecdotes about how politicians look like clowns are already boring, but few people know that there was a funny precedent in history when a professional circus performer actually sat…

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Life and death under the big top Irina Asmus: the Tragic story of a clown Toffee from "Abvgdeyka»
One of the most popular children's TV shows in the USSR was "Avbgdeika", which was conducted by Tatyana Chernyaeva and clowns Klepa, Levushkin, Yura and Toffee (Irina Asmus). The kids…

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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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Circus horses, elephants and zebras in a foggy arena: Rob Tarbell's smoke-filled photo paintings
The author of circus-themed photo-films Rob Tarbell is a trainer of sorts himself. But unlike people who tame wild animals, Rob Tarbell deals with an even more wayward charge -…

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