"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…

Continue reading →

The history of the circus as a history of cruelty and mercy
The history of the circus can be viewed from different angles. For example, as a story of the gradual rejection of cruelty-from the bloodthirsty antiquity to our time, when the…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

curtain

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 country, there really was an artist who devoted her entire life to animals from the cat family. Irina Bugrimova-star of the Soviet circus, the first female tamer, whose only love has always been lions. 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

Emigrant everyday life of Oleg Popov: What made the legendary clown leave the country after 60 years

A year ago, the famous circus performer, who was called the “Sunny clown”, Oleg Popov, passed away. He died while on tour in Russia, and for many the news of his death was a complete surprise, because back in the 1990s, after his mysterious disappearance, there were rumors that the artist was not among the living. For a long time, nothing was known about his fate. As it turned out, at the age of 60, Oleg Popov left for Germany. Continue reading

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…

...

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…

...

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…

...

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…

...