The first Soviet trainer: 40 years alone with lions
The Internet is full of jokes about strong and independent women who celebrate birthdays in the company of their many cats. Jokes are jokes, but in the history of our…

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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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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

Rules of life of Yuri Nikulin-front-line soldier, actor and clown, who was called "the Great comedian of the world»
He was adored by the whole huge country, and his colleagues could only dream of such popularity as Yuri Nikulin's. People fell in love with the characters of his roles…

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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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How the famous Durov circus dynasty appeared in Russia
This circus dynasty has been around for more than 150 years. Grandfather Durov – its legendary founder, remained in the memory of people as the first person to refuse the…

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6 most famous Russian circus dynasties that have conquered the world
The succession of generations is probably the most pronounced among circus performers. This is easy to explain to those who children usually accompany their parents on tours and absorb the…

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