Traveling circus instead of a catwalk: an unusual photo shoot for Vogue magazine
The world of high fashion is always eccentric, and talented photographers are often willing to experiment. It is good when as a result of such joint efforts, pleasant photo projects…

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"King of freaks": how life was for a man who had three legs
"Being different" is a heavy burden that falls on the shoulders of people with physical disabilities. Society often does not accept them, it is almost impossible for them to find…

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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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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Johnny Eck-the legendary “half-man” who defeated himself, but lost to human cruelty

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“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 circus performer, musician, inventor, who was destined to be born not like everyone else. It seemed that fate had robbed him of the chance to live a full life, but johnny was stronger than circumstances and mastered many professions. 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 to turn to political satire. Trained animals served him for creating allegories – he put on fables and mini-plays on the day’s malice, and in these numbers the audience easily recognized famous officials. Continue reading

Fatal “Ball of courage”: why a unique circus act became tragic for the Mayatsky family of artists

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The number ” 12 “became fatal for the Mayatsky circus performers: on January 12, 1963, the author of the unique attraction” Ball of courage”, motorcycle racer Peter Mayatsky fell from his motorcycle during the performance and was seriously injured. Exactly 12 years later, in the same city, on January 12, his wife and daughter also almost died while performing the same tricks. Continue reading

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 stamps
Circus art is loved all over the world. Professional circus performers were famous in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Byzantium. Since time immemorial, circus artists have performed…

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A parody of a circus
Parody as a genre has recently become widespread. It became popular both in satirical literature and on the stage. In the photo: Yu. NIKULIN and M. SHUIDIN perform the Reprise…

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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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