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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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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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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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

“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 a job and (especially) arrange a personal life. Their usual fate is to perform in a circus for the amusement of the crowd. Frank Lentini was born this way, but he managed to find his calling and become a happy family man. Continue reading

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

Rules of life of Yuri Nikulin-front-line soldier, actor and clown, who was called "the Great comedian of the world»
He was adored by the whole huge country, and his colleagues could only dream of such popularity as Yuri Nikulin's. People fell in love with the characters of his roles…

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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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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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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…

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