Miracle guy from Kostroma: Who really was the " boy with a dog's face»
When the famous Barnum circus came to America in 1884, its chief star was "The most striking example of all possible miracles in the last 50 years." This "example" was…

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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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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

Article about the circus

Not “circus people”, but “circus people”. On “circus people” will be offended – this is an insult, like “Jews, Ukrainians”. Because circus-a special nationality, a small people numbering about five thousand. Circus people marry each other, give birth to circus children, and remain in the circus for the rest of their lives – as cashiers, ushers, and administrators.They are all carriers of ancient knowledge, consisting of many years of training and a million secrets passed down from generation to generation. Continue reading

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 were a lot of women wrestlers and women strongmen who often went to the arena and arranged demonstration (however, real too) fights.
Circus fights were particularly notable. Continue reading

Emigrant everyday life of Oleg Popov: What made the legendary clown leave the country after 60 years
A year ago, the famous circus performer, who was called the "Sunny clown", Oleg Popov, passed away. He died while on tour in Russia, and for many the news of…

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The life and death of the world's ugliest woman: the Amazing story of Julia Pastrana
Julia Pastrana was called the ugliest woman in the world, and there were objective reasons for this: from head to toe, Julia was covered with coarse black hair, her nose…

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The history of the circus as a history of cruelty and mercy
The history of the circus can be viewed from different angles. For example, as a story of the gradual rejection of cruelty-from the bloodthirsty antiquity to our time, when the…

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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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