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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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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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

"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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Wild animals do not belong in the circus: activists have achieved a ban on the use of animals in performances
Wild animals do not belong in the circus - according to activists, and for several decades they have been campaigning for the rejection of the use of exotic animals in…

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As a Russian strongman on a horse from the battlefield took out and people from the cannon caught
About 100 years ago, the whole world admired the "Iron" and "Amazing" Samson. This man really expanded the boundaries of human capabilities, because with a modest height and weight, he…

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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…

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