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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Johnny Eck-the legendary "half-man" who defeated himself, but lost to human cruelty
Inhabitancy "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…

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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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Margarita Nazarova and Konstantin Konstantinovsky: Italian passions in a circus family

Margarita Nazarova was applauded by the whole world. She had fame, recognition, and the love of the authorities. Konstantin Konstantinovsky, her husband and loyal partner in the arena, who put all the tricks of his wife, almost always remained in her shadow. Perhaps this is what led to the outbursts of emotions. They quarreled passionately, with the involvement of the police and even psychiatric teams. And yet they couldn’t do without each other. Continue reading

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,…

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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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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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"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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