The first Soviet trainer: 40 years alone with lions
The Internet is full of jokes about strong and independent women who celebrate birthdays in the company of their many cats. Jokes are jokes, but in the history of our…

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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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Secrets of the Zapashny circus dynasty: man-eating Tigers, injuries in the arena, broken destinies
April 2 marks the 91st anniversary of the birth of the famous Soviet circus artist, tiger trainer, representative of the legendary circus dynasty Walter Zapashny. He passed away 12 years…

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Circus horses, elephants and zebras in a foggy arena: Rob Tarbell’s smoke-filled photo paintings

The author of circus-themed photo-films Rob Tarbell is a trainer of sorts himself. But unlike people who tame wild animals, Rob Tarbell deals with an even more wayward charge – smoke. The latter does not happen without fire, which is very difficult to subdue. This is why flammable photo pictures are created in a completely isolated room. With fire, jokes are bad, but a serious attitude to this element promises artistic discoveries. 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 in a government chair. The adventurous story of German citizen Otto Witte may seem fantastic, but it actually happened. The stunt man is an imposter from a tiny tent became the first king of Albania. Continue reading

The last refuge of pure art: circus performers on the canvases of European artists of the XIX century

Now no one knows exactly when the first circus performers appeared on the planet. But thanks to archaeological finds, we can say for sure that acrobats and jugglers, comedians and trainers demonstrated their skills in the Ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece, in Rome and Byzantium. This is evidenced by carved drawings on the walls of ancient temples and pyramids. Continue reading

"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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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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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…

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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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