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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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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Igor and Victoria Kio: the illusion of love lasting 30 years
He was the greatest illusionist and wizard of the Soviet era. She is his assistant in the arena. To understand the depth of their feelings, they had to be on…

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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 the public. The audience was horrified and laughed, surprised and could not believe their eyes. The Duo of the snow sisters from Georgia “became famous” for their extraordinary behavior: adult girls with tiny heads and a level of development, like young children, bribed with naivety and simplicity. Continue reading

Circus victims: 10 tragic cases that occurred in the arena

“Only the tiger is not clear that he is trained, because I have many scars” – these words from the song of Mikhail Boyarsky about the difficult work of the trainer are well known to everyone. The circus is associated with exciting performances, aerial gymnasts under the dome, funny clowns, clever jugglers and acrobats, but it also happens that the arena becomes a place where the real drama unfolds. Just one wrong move or look, and the artist’s life is on the line… Continue reading

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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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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Stories of nineteenth-century albinos caught in the lens of a photographer
During the 1800s, if you were different in appearance from most people, your fate was sealed. You could hardly get a job anywhere, you would not have a chance to…

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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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