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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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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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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Monthly Archives: January 2019

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 were crazy about her. Natural charm, a flair for the dramatic and incredible ease of Toffee had both children and adults. In 1985, she suddenly disappeared from the program, and a year later it became known about her tragic death during a performance in the circus. Continue reading

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 were surprisingly quiet-the brothers got rich, got their own house, got married, and had quite a few offspring – the brothers had a total of 21 children.

Chang and Eng Bunker were born on may 11, 1811 in a fishing village near Bangkok in the Kingdom of Siam (today Thailand). Continue reading

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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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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Entertainment or cruelty: 25 vintage images from mobile menageries
The peak of popularity of mobile menageries is considered to be the XIX century: then it was an integral part of everyday entertainment, and even more so fairs and holiday…

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Fatal "Ball of courage": why a unique circus act became tragic for the Mayatsky family of artists
Inhabitancy 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…

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