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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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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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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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 performances in Europe and America. The conditions of keeping animals were not that bad – they often caused the death of exotic Pets. In our review today, there are 25 old photos taken in mobile menageries in different countries. 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

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, forced to perform tricks and punished for disobedience with lashes or stun guns.

Some countries have even officially banned the use of wild animals for entertainment shows — for example, in the Netherlands, Ireland and Mexico. Continue reading

"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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The saddest clown in the USSR and Vysotsky's favorite artist: from misunderstanding at home to international recognition
The saddest clown in the USSR and Vysotsky's favorite artist: from misunderstanding at home to international recognition Marcel Marceau himself called him a genius of pantomime and "a great poet…

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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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"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…

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