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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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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Margarita Nazarova and Konstantin Konstantinovsky: Italian passions in a circus family
Margarita Nazarova was applauded by the whole world. She had fame, recognition, and the love of the authorities. Konstantin Konstantinovsky, her husband and loyal partner in the arena, who put…

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“Lady Monkey”: an incredible Mexican woman who became a curiosity of the circus in the XIX century

In the XIX century, circus performances were incredibly popular, in which people with all kinds of physical characteristics performed. Some were naturally conjoined twins, others had extra limbs, and others resembled animals. It was the latter that Julia Pastrana belonged to. She was called the “bear Woman” or “lady Monkey”. And all because the woman had incredibly thick hair on her face and body. Continue reading

Margarita Nazarova and Konstantin Konstantinovsky: Italian passions in a circus family

Margarita Nazarova was applauded by the whole world. She had fame, recognition, and the love of the authorities. Konstantin Konstantinovsky, her husband and loyal partner in the arena, who put all the tricks of his wife, almost always remained in her shadow. Perhaps this is what led to the outbursts of emotions. They quarreled passionately, with the involvement of the police and even psychiatric teams. And yet they couldn’t do without each other. 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…

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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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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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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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