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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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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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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The life and death of the world’s ugliest woman: the Amazing story of Julia Pastrana

Julia Pastrana was called the ugliest woman in the world, and there were objective reasons for this: from head to toe, Julia was covered with coarse black hair, her nose and ears were much larger than usual, her bite was wrong, so that they even called her “APE woman”. Nevertheless, Julia had plenty of suitors, and she made a lot of money. Continue reading

In the German circus instead of live animals began to use holograms
Traditional circus with animals often causes resentment among animal rights activists. Animals in such circuses often do not have access to nature and spend their entire lives in small cages,…

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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 most famous wizard of the twentieth century: truth and fiction about Emile Kio
April 11 marks 123 years since the birth of the founder of the famous circus dynasty Emil Teodorovich Kio. Even during his lifetime, so many legends were associated with his…

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Failed Detochkin, Manager Bunsha and Ivan the terrible: why Yuri Nikulin refused cult roles
In the creative Arsenal of each actor there are roles that become his business card and bring fame, recognition and success to millions of viewers. For Yuri Nikulin, these were…

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