The king of shapito: how a clown was crowned in Albania
Bearded anecdotes about how politicians look like clowns are already boring, but few people know that there was a funny precedent in history when a professional circus performer actually sat…

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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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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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Vladimir Doveyko-acrobatics ACE

The acrobatic ensemble “Romantics” met with the warmest reception in all countries of the world. In the United States, artists were called “fantastic acrobats”, in Japan – “Typhoon”, in Germany – “space jumpers”, in Romania – “flying wizards”.
Newspapers in Australia, India, Yugoslavia, Hungary, the GDR, and Cuba gave them equally enthusiastic reviews.This troupe is headed by people’s artist of the RSFSR Vladimir Doveyko, who recently turned sixty.

…His grandfather was a trainer and clown, his grandmother and mother were jugglers, and his father was a tightrope Walker. At the age of seven, he worked in the troupe of” Arab “jumpers Chanyshev, in the final number, being on the top of the pyramid, a ringing voice, as he was taught, shouted:” Abragatsa!” Continue reading

A book about famous clowns

Every good book is interesting in its own way. Its originality is given by the author: his talent, life experience, knowledge of the subject, love for it.
A monograph about the famous clowns Yuri Nikulin and Mikhail Shuidin was written by S. Makarov. After graduating from circus school, he was a clown, and then a comedian-illusionist. So I learned circus art not only from the rows of the amphitheater, but also by performing in the arena.

While working in the circus, Makarov graduated from the Department of theater studies of the state Institute of theater arts named after A.V. Lunacharsky, then a full-time postgraduate course at the Institute of art history, defended his dissertation on the problems of clowning and received a PhD in art history. Continue reading

Circus stamps

Circus art is loved all over the world. Professional circus performers were famous in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Byzantium.
Since time immemorial, circus artists have performed in Russia. And so it is natural that this art is reflected in fiction, painting, and cinema. They depict the circus on badges, matchbox labels, stamps and marked envelopes. Continue reading

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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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…

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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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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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