PIP and Flip: a Duo of sisters with "pinheads" from the circus of freaks
The fate of people born with certain physical disabilities in the twentieth century was deplorable: as a rule, they became objects of ridicule, performing in circuses for the amusement of…

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Inseparable brothers, thanks to which the term "Siamese twins" appeared"
The term "Siamese twins" came from two brothers, Chang and Eng, who were born in Siam, but were known far beyond the borders of their homeland. Most of their lives…

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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

Circus performance " Our friend Baba Yaga»
In the Moscow circus on Vernadsky Avenue during the school holidays, an unusual performance took place. Children filled not only the auditorium, which is quite usual during school holidays, but…

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Wild animals do not belong in the circus: activists have achieved a ban on the use of animals in performances
Wild animals do not belong in the circus - according to activists, and for several decades they have been campaigning for the rejection of the use of exotic animals in…

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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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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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