The circus as entertainment is centuries old, and circus acts continue to enthral audiences around the world.
GV Clown Oleg Popov of U.S.S.R. distributing balloons in crowd
SV elephants in ring
GV The Italian Rosetties jumping over 5 elephants, being caught, and one of them clowning (TWO SHOTS)
GV The Pendakovies of Bulgaria somer-saulting from swing and being caught, with crowd applauding (THREE SHOTS)
GV trapeze artists Duo Veress of Rumania a husband and wife team, performing with woman spinning while handing by teeth
GV The Christians of U.S.A. performing on trampoline, one of them harmlessly misses jump and crowd sniggers (TWO SHOTS)
GV nine Bengal tigers in ring with Louis Knie of Switzerland, moving in formation with music (FIVE SHOTS)
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Background: The circus as entertainment is centuries old, and circus acts continue to enthral audiences around the world. In West Berlin recently, the whole range of traditional circus acts was demonstrated in a 'Man-Animal Sensation'. And when the atmosphere became tense with danger and excitement, the emotional load on the audience was lightened by one of the greatest personalities of modern circus, oleg Popov.
SYNOPSIS: Popov the clown of the Moscow Circus has become known and loved wherever a circus has performed... Trained elephants with the Italian Rosetties.
Traditionally, Eastern Europeans have excelled in acrobatics and tumbling. The Pendakovies of Bulgaria continue the tradition.
In the trapeze performance by the Duo Veress of Rumania, strong teeth are essential.
The Christians of the United States showed that even top class performers can lose their rhythm.
Louis Knie of Switzerland shows skill and composure in the ring with nine potentially dangerous big cats.
Louis Knie and the Bengal Tigers are just one of the acts that came together for this traditional end of year exhibition by the world's best circus artists.