Circus wrestlers and strongmen: the time when women could beat a man and get paid for it
At the beginning of the twentieth century, women tried to be as good as men. Can't women do what their husbands or brothers do? It's no big deal. Then there…

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In the circus-shapito
The artist Pavel Zhorov arrived in this big southern city in a very bad mood. After all, for so long, he had managed to avoid traveling circuses by hook or…

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As a Russian strongman on a horse from the battlefield took out and people from the cannon caught
About 100 years ago, the whole world admired the "Iron" and "Amazing" Samson. This man really expanded the boundaries of human capabilities, because with a modest height and weight, he…

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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

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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Koshkoterapiya: the best circus performances and exclusive methods of raising children from Yuri Kuklachev
April 12 marks the 67th anniversary of the most famous "cat lover" and "cat specialist", the founder of the circus dynasty, the Creator of the "cat Theater", People's artist of…

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6 most famous Russian circus dynasties that have conquered the world
The succession of generations is probably the most pronounced among circus performers. This is easy to explain to those who children usually accompany their parents on tours and absorb the…

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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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