Ladies, go ahead: circus of curiosities of the nineteenth century
Circus in the modern view, with an arena and a dome, appeared only 200 years ago. However, then the artists, for the most part, entertained the audience not with their…

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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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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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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 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…

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Where the House is going: wheel House street circus
It is difficult to surprise anyone with a house on wheels today, but A house on Wheels is quite possible. Wheel House – an unusual circus project in which two…

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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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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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