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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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,…

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On test days
Honored artist of the RSFSR A. Volny associated his life with the Manege in the early 30s. Together with his wife A. Pravdina, he performed in a conversational satirical Duo,…

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Monthly Archives: December 2018

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, wrote about him in the Newspapers. Charles proved by his own example that you don’t have to be tall and handsome to get the sincere affection of people.

The most famous dwarf in history is Charles Sherwood Stratton. He was born on January 4, 1838 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Continue reading

“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 resembled animals. It was the latter that Julia Pastrana belonged to. She was called the “bear Woman” or “lady Monkey”. And all because the woman had incredibly thick hair on her face and body. Continue reading

PIP and Flip: a Duo of sisters with “pinheads” from the circus of freaks

The fate of people born with certain physical disabilities in the twentieth century was deplorable: as a rule, they became objects of ridicule, performing in circuses for the amusement of the public. The audience was horrified and laughed, surprised and could not believe their eyes. The Duo of the snow sisters from Georgia “became famous” for their extraordinary behavior: adult girls with tiny heads and a level of development, like young children, bribed with naivety and simplicity. Continue reading

Wild animals do not belong in the circus: activists have achieved a ban on the use of animals in performances
Wild animals do not belong in the circus - according to activists, and for several decades they have been campaigning for the rejection of the use of exotic animals in…

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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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Secrets of the Zapashny circus dynasty: man-eating Tigers, injuries in the arena, broken destinies
April 2 marks the 91st anniversary of the birth of the famous Soviet circus artist, tiger trainer, representative of the legendary circus dynasty Walter Zapashny. He passed away 12 years…

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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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