Walter and Tatiana Zapashny: a Happy marriage of convenience lasting a lifetime
In their marriage, initially, there was not even a hint of romance. There was a certain tacit agreement between two sane people. Much later came feelings and awareness of the…

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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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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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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 ago. The performances of Walter, as well as his sons Askold and Edgard, were probably seen by many, but the General public is unlikely to know what happened behind the scenes. What deadly cases occurred with predators, and who from the circus dynasty was behind bars, ruining someone else’s life and breaking their own fate, – further in the review. Continue reading

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…

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On test days
Honored artist of the RSFSR A. Volny associated his life with the Manege in the early 30s. Together with his wife A. Pravdina, he performed in a conversational satirical Duo,…

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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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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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