Saturday, December 30, 2006

Benny Le Grande

Does anyone know what happened to Benny Le Grande, the original featured clown with Cirque's first resident Las Vegas show MYSTERE?

Tomas Kubinek

A brilliant clown and "Certified Lunatic", Tomas Kubinek has been featured with Circus Flora and can be seen touring North America with his stage show THE MAESTRO RETURNS.

For more on Tomas Kubinek (including tour dates) please click the title of this post.

Peter Shub

For more on Peter Shub please click the title of this post.

Oleg Popov

Some clowns I like a lot more after reading their autobiographies (Emmett Kelly, Coco, Charlie Rivel, Buster Keaton) and some (Grock, Chaplin) I like less.

Popov is one of those people I found I liked a little less after reading his.

Rene Bazinet

Former partner of David Shiner, featured clown in Cirque's SALTIMBANCO and star of their film version of ALEGRIA, Rene Bazinet.

Friday, December 29, 2006

New Year's Eve

For anyone who is interested, I'll be hosting and clowning at the Hamid First Night Circus show at the Government Center in Fall River, Mass on New Year's Eve. We have a "meet & greet" at 3:30 and full performances at 5:30, 7:30 and 10:30 PM.

Happy New Year!


Fumagalli was born Natalino Huesca in Genoa to a large circus family with four brothers and sisters. His father, Fumagalli, was a clown who appeared in Frederico Fellini's film “The Clowns”. His mother was a trapeze artist.

Natalino began his circus career at 10 years old, first with rope dancing and trapeze, touring with his family throughout Europe.

He has appeared in pantomime and played at the great houses of the world: Getty Theatre in Dublin, Palladium in London and Royal Alexander in Toronto.

It was while with Circus Roncalli that Huesca developed the costume, makeup and distinctive hairstyle of his auguste character that has also become known as "Fumagalli". He has appeared all over the world with the best international circuses and is soon to come to America with the Big Apple Circus.

Fumagalli is married and has three sons. His two oldest, Nino and Nico have already developed their own act.

Click the title of this post for more information from the Huesca family's website.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Albert Fratellini

Albert Fratellini puts the finishing touches on his famous makeup with an assist from the Mrs.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006


Charlie Rivel, who I just learned that John Ringling North attempted to bring to the States several times to tour with the Ringling circus and who's Chaplin impersonation on the trapeze North considered "the greatest clown act I ever saw."

How differently American circus clowning might have developed had Rivel come to America.

Then again, he might have just as easily been swallowed up by the massive Ringling organization (like Marceline was) and spit out a few seasons later, a shadow of his former self.

Better to consider the former...

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from some folks here in the Alley!

Old hand-held super-8 circus fan footage, on an 8th generation VHS, transferred to digital by pointing a webcam at a TV screen and then having the resulting video compressed for You Tube doesn't add up to much, video quality-wise. In fact, UFO, Bigfoot footage and the Zapruder film are all far clearer, but this is the best I could do in time for Christmas.

A very happy and healthy holiday to you and yours,
The Cashins