May 25th.

Special prize to Benny Schumann

The Danish artist and Charlie Rivels Grandson – Benny Schumann has received a special prize for his work in the amusement park "Bakken" (the Hill). Benny got his price for the work for the amusement park and as the man behind the clown award held every year in August. Benny has succeeded to have world star clowns in his program every year both more modern and traditional clowns. Clowns as Rastellies, Toto Chabry, Francesco Carolli, Chickys and a lot of other has been in the show.

If you should be interested to see the show this year the premiere will be August 11th. and the show runs daily until August 21st. There is free entrance to the amusement park and the show is free as well. If you want to see the gala it will be held on Sunday 14th. and here you have to buy a ticket in advance. The ticket can be bought here - push webshop button



Monthly magazine opdated with a review of the Circus Dictionary - here

May 24th.


New circus in Sweden

A new circus has entered Sweden from Germany- Circus Roselly. It is owned by the German – Kaselowsky. At the moment circus Roselly is on tour in the south of Sweden and they expect to go north. It is the Swedish – Henrik Zalsman there is behind this German circus in Sweden. It was also Henrik Zalsman who was behind another German circus in Sweden – Circus Mustang but they was not allowed to tour in Sweden this year because of bad animal handling

Martin Lasson Berglund



Circus Scandinavia is sad to announce

That BILLY SMART JR. died yesterday (Monday 23 May) in London, aged 70. His actual name was Stanley, and he was the youngest child of "The Guv'nor". In the days when it was the Smart family running the show, young Billy was associated with elephants in particular, but also showed horses. He leaves a widow, a son and a daughter.

CONNIE FOSSETT died 9 May, she being the widow of Master Clown, Jacko Fossett, who died on 1 June last year. Jacko has been working in Denmark with Benneweis (1970) and Schumann.

The American magician JAY MARSHALL died on 10 May in a Chicago hospital. He was a circus enthusiast amongst other merits.

May they all Rest in Peace

John Cooper England



May 17th.

Soren Ostergaards Tivoli Variet้ 2005.

Soren Ostergaard – owner of the Danish – Circus Nemo - a variety circus, is this year performing in the Glass room in Tivoli Garden – Copenhagen. As in Circus Nemo it is a combination of stand up entertainment and real circus. Lot of the roles is played by Soren himself but as usual there are "real" artist included in the show. It is the second season that Soren Ostergaard has moved his special and different circus to Tivoli Garden.

Oliver Groszer – Germany

The German multi juggler Oliver Groszer is a very fast juggler and his specialities is cigarette juggling. Oliver has performed with the German new wave rock star Nina Hagen - she was one of the first rock stars in the world making real top hits in German. Oliver has performed in the "Cirque de Demain Festival" and Cirque Revolutionaire.


Annaliza Catena – Italy

The Italian acrobat, Annaliza Catena is born in to an Italian circus Family. In an age of nine she was trained by a Portuguese artist – Concalves. Performed as a solo artist since she was 15 and has performed all over Europe.


Kotini Junior – Ukraine

Kotini Junior is not born into the world of circus but was very young when he was fascinated by pantomime theatre, acrobatic and break-dance. He has won a lot of prices for his fantastic and musical act – the last he won was a silver medal in 27. Festival of Monte Carlo. Kotini has been on tour with the "big ones" as Roncalli and Cirque du Soleil



May 16th.

Bombs attack in circus

Two people were critically burned after attackers hurled small petrol bombs at a Circus show in the southern Bangladesh.

A lottery draw was going on after the circus show at Bagerhat Stadium when the attackers hurled two small cocktail bombs from outside the stadium, injuring a woman and a boy.  Four suspects were arrested after the incident.



Renz Berlin to Sweden ?

The German circus – Renz Berlin was on tour in Denmark in the 2004 summer season. They told Circus Scandinavia that they would continue to Sweden after the Danish tour. They did not of some unknown reason and the rumours are now that they will go back to Scandinavia in the current season. It seems as a rumour because Renz Berlin is far from Scandinavia and at the moment they performs in Oldenzaal close to the border to Holland.



Circus trip to Germany.

Lots of German circuses are in the north of Germany at the moment and in the next weekend there is a great opportunity to see many nice circus performances. As written before on this page there are two top class circuses in Hamburg right now- Roncalli and Fligenpilz but if you have a little more spare time there are other circuses in the surroundings.

Circus Baronn are in Rostock (May 21st – May 29th.) a 3 hour drive from Hamburg. Paul Bush is in Buchholz May 19th – May 22nd.) only 30 min south of Hamburg. Another top class circus is Barum. They can be found Wilhemshaven a 2 hour drive west from hamburg from May 19th – May 23rd.



FISM World champion ship in Magic

It is rare that circus Scandinavia writes about magic and illusion but now we try serious to do something about that. FISM is a world champion for magicians and the 23rd competition will be held in Stockholm July 31 – August 5 2006. Lots of famous magicians as Paul Daniels and Jeff Mcbride will be a part of the event. The price to be a part of this fantastic magic event is about 4000 Swedish kroner ( 400 Euro) and if you want to be a part of the special events you had to pay extra.


Magic junior weekend in Denmark

One of the best magic dealers in Scandinavia is Mr. Pegani. He is very active guy with lots of nice events. Now it is time for the magic junior weekend in Horsens – Denmark. The weekend will be September 10th and 11th. The price for being a part of this event for our youngest artists is 550 Danish Kroner ( 80 Euro). For more information contact Mr. Pegani now on this address



May 14th.

Claudia Bremlow.

I wrote a few days ago that Claudia Bremlow was on tour with circus Skartt in Sweden. Because of personal reasons she is not with circus Skartt and she is replaced by the Swedish out breaker artist Richardo. His real name is Richard Ljungman and is from Gotenborg. Richardo was on tour with the Norwegian circus Agora in the 2003 season where he did a classic out break stunt. Hanging from the sealing in a burning rope, he had to free himself before the rope is burned through. It is unknown about Richardo will continue to Denmark in June when circus Skratt returns to Denmark. You can read about Richardo on the review page under Agora 2003.


May 11th.

Circus Flic-Flac.

The Italian Guidi brothers as we in Scandinavia could see in circus Merano for the 2004 season are now in circus Flic – Flac in Germany. There are lots of new artists in Flic Flac compared to last year and the quality is top class. The circus can be compared to the Canadian Cirque du Soleil and the performance is really candy for the eye. Lots of rock music and a fantastic light setting makes this performance very very visual. The circus is animal free and the performance is mainly for adults but can be seen for children togheter with mom and dad.


Guidi brothers last year in Circus Merano - Norway

Photo by Circus Scandinavia 2004 (C).



Circus BonBon premiere.

The Danish circus BonBon will have premiere June 18th. and will stay in BonBon land (amusement park) until August 12th. New this year is 3 performances daily and not as usual 2. One of the stars in this 2005 performance is the fantastic antipode artist Claudia Bremlov as we could see in the Danish circus Arena for the 2004 season. Tim Delsbouq will present circus Arenas Dromedaries and there wonderful black Friser horses. For those who was in circus BonBon in 2004 or Agora in 2003, will recognize the two Russian reprise clowns Juri and Leon there are reengaged for this season. After the 6 weeks in BonBon Land, circus BonBon will return to Sweden where they change the name to circus Skratt. The performance in Denmark is cut down to 45 minutes and there is free admission when you have paid for the entrance to the park.


Claudia Bremlow in Circus Skratt and BonBon

Photo by Circus Scandinavia 2004 (C)


May 10th.

Monte Carlo circus Festival

For those who want to go to the next Monte Carlo circus festival the date is released for the 2006 super show. It will be from January 19th. Until January 27th.




Congratulation from Circus Scandinavia to Solveigh and Haddi Enoch for their golden wedding today. Solveigh and Haddi are the owners of the Danish circus Dannebrog.

Congratulations to Solveig and Haddi Enoch with their first 50 years

Photo by Circus Scandinavia 2005 (C).



May 9th.

Monthly Magazine opdated with Web masters words - here

Monthly page opdated with circus Charlie review - here


May 8th.


Found an old  circus Charlie review from 2004 - now on the review head page - here

May 7th.

Ingo Steibner.

The English sea lion trainer – Ingo Steibner will according to the Swedish fan page for circus Maximum, break his tour with this Swedish circus. The reason is that Ingo are signed to an amusement park in Strasbourg from July. Who there is going to replace Ingo in Maximum is unknown.


Info: Circus Maximum fan page - please visit this nice page here



Chinese circus celebrating 200 years of Hans Christian Andersen.

Chinese circus celebrating 200 years of Hans Christian Andersen at Theatre Carre in Amsterdam from 6 July to 4 September. As usual for Carre, the show is presented by Stardust International.

Info: John Cooper - England


May 6th.


Preview of Monthly magazine for May ready - Here


May 3rd.

Accident in Circus Arnardo.

An elephant keeper was serious hurt to day in circus Arnardo (Norway) when he was squeezed between two elephants. It was an accident and has nothing to do with any aggressions from the elephants. Several animal organisations are already using this accident as propaganda against animals in circus. The truth is if the elephants would have killed the man, they would have just done it. The elephants are owned by Joy Gartner.


Info: Erik Lind - Norway.

One of Joy Gartners elephants

Photo by Circus Scandinavia 2005 (C).


Alfredo Rastelli is dead.

The very famous clown the Italian Alfredo Rastelli is dead aged 83. Alfredo was a member of the clown troupe the Rastellis touring around in Europe for many many years. Rastellis latest visit was in Scandinavia were he, and his two sons performed in the amusement park "Bakken". They were a part of the clown festival in Copenhagen in August 2002 were he won the golden clown award for his long work as a world star clown. The Rastellis was known as old fashion clowns with 3 Augusts and one white face. Many people remember specially the trick with the exploded piano and his fantastic musicality – Alfredo could play almost all instruments. Here is an old article about Rastellis made by Dario Duranti from Italian Circus Fans and the Webmaster.



The world famous Italian clowns.


Kennetrh Severinsen (a few words and pics) Dario Duranti (mostly)


The original clown troupe Rastellis was founded by Oreste (senior) the cousin of Enrico Rastelli, the greatest juggler of the world. In the same troupe there where also his son Alfredo, the "black" august Aristide Ferreira (called "Negrito" or "Chocolate" because of the colour of his skin) and the wife Lena. They presented 2 acts: an acrobatic trampoline act (with the name "Chocolate & Co.) and the clown entr้e (as "The Rastellis").

In 1937, when they worked in Cirque Medrano (Paris) they worked with "Rudi" Rolph Zavatta in the role of white face clown.

After the war the role of white face clown was occupied by Jos้ Gabastou and after the italian "Santos" Antonio Poletto that remeined with them until the early ‘80s.

Rastellis in Circus Schumann 1949 - Private photo

On Oreste’s death, grandson Oreste (the son of Alfredo) took his place and later "Chocolate" was replaced by the other grandson, Vittorio who is also a good juggler. Finally, when Antonio Poletti left the team was Francesca, the wife of Oreste to occupy the role of whiter face, but this role is not so important for the Rastellis, so for a long time they worked as trio: Alfredo and the 2 sons: Oreste Jr and Vittorio.

Circus Schumann - Denmark - pic from souvenir program

A feature ot this clown act is that the two main augusts are "twin": same cloths, same mask.

Rastellis are very good clowns but above all, virtuous musicians: so when they don’t work in circus as clowns, they sometimes play jazz music in concerts.


In their carrier they alternate contracts in circus to period in the famous ice reviews (Aladdin on Ice, Holiday on Ice, …). During the ‘50s-‘60s they work many times in the Ice Reviews. In 1966 they are in the programme of Circus Heros (Togni-Castilla) Holland tour. In 1967 they work in Circus Knie. In 1974 and 1977 Rastellis work in Circus Scott and in 1978 in Circus Shumann. In the late ‘70s they came back in the italian Circo Americano (by Togni) untill 1985. In 1982 they make some months in Blackpool Tower Circus (UK) while in march 1984 they partecipate (with the whole Amrican Circus programme) to the ATA show in Wien.

In 1984 they was part of Circus Scott's television performance  in Sweden called Clown Clown. Here with the white face clown  - Antonio Poletti. In this television show, there was a lot of great clowns and clown troups - Charlie Rivel, George Carl, Joe Jackson Jr. , Galetti and many many others. It is possible to buy this video in Circus Scott's Web store. The language is Swedish, so people there don't understand Swedish can write to Circus Scandinavia for help.

From 1985 they came back for several season to Holiday On Ice reviews.

Rastellis in Forum- Copenhagen 1960 - Holliday on Ice show.

In winter 1995/96 they make their first appearance in tradiutional circus after 11 years in Circo Americano (Christmas, Milan). After that, they start to work for short period in parks (Luneur – Rome; Fiabilandia – Rimini) in Italy during the saison.


In summer 1996 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great juggler Enrico Rastelli, the Rastelli Family organise in Bergamo, the birth town of that family, in North of Italy the "Circo Rastelli" (in society with Circo David Orfei) a circus show that includes the acts of the Rastellis and some more traditional acts. In the same occasion is organised an exposition about the great juggler.

In november 1996 Rastellis took part to the "4ฐ Gran Premio Internazionale del Circo" in Viareggio as guest star and they received the "Platinum Ring Award" (Pista di Platino), an award that in the previous editions was given to Flavio Togni, David Larible and the russian juggler Serguei Ignatov as reward for their rich carriers.  


Rastellis - Circus Schumann souvenir program 1978

In january 2001 Rastellis partecipate to the 24ฐ Monte Carlo Circus Festival where Oreste receive an award from Prince Ranieri III for his carrier. In this occasion they say that it would have been their last show. Fortunately it was not true. So they continue to work during the winter in circus. But they don’t want to sign long concracts for a whole saison. In saison 2001 they make some galas in France and after they are in Circo Medrano-Casartelli for the Slovenian Tour. For the winter 2001/2002 Rastellis, in society with Casartelli-De Rocchi opens a little "circus on ice" where they present the musical clown entr้e, Vittorio as Juggler and the tale of Pinocchio on Ice. They, in fact, are owner of a ice floor (similar to the one of Holiday on Ice, but smaller).

Oreste Rastelli In Circus Krone (Germany) February 2002

In march 2002 they work in Circus Krone (Munchen) and after, during the summer, in the Clown Festival in Bakken (Copenhagen). Here they won the golden nose award – A festival arranged by Benny Schumann, Grand child to the world famous Spanish Clown – Charlie Rivel. Last week (november 2002) they partecipate to the Barcellona Clown Festival ("Euroclowns") directed by Gen์s Gimenez Matabosch in a very rich programme which included also Peter Shub, Sister Pillieres, Les Nerys set in "Circo Raluy".

Not only as clowns - here in Circus Scumann 1949 with their trampolin act.

In the exposition "Jours de Cirque" organised in Monte Carlo in summer 2002 there were some very old clowns costumes and musical instruments belonging to the Rastellis.


Rastellis are famous also for the musical instruments: big trompets – Alfredo can play two at one time, explosive piano are the protagonist of their clown entr้e. After the Rastellis, the most of the clown entr้e have copied these elements: so in the ‘70-‘80 there where lots of clown entr้es with "twin" clowns, explosive instruments and sometime with the same musical passages.

Their importance consists just in this ability to invent (or diffuse) an original clown style that remeber the Fratellini style.


Kennetrh Severinsen (a few words and pics) Dario Duranti (mostly)

Alfredo Rastelli

  (photo Kenneth Severinsen)

 2002 - Bakken - Denmark


Alfredo Rastelli

  (photo Kenneth Severinsen)

 2002 - Bakken - Denmark


Alfredo Rastelli

 (photo Kenneth Severinsen)

 2002 - Bakken - Denmark


Alfredo Rastelli

 (photo Kenneth Severinsen)

 2002 - Bakken - Denmark


Alfredo and Oreste Rastelli

 (photo Kenneth Severinsen)

 2002 - Bakken - Denmark


Vitorio Rastelli

 (photo Kenneth Severinsen)

 2002 - Bakken - Denmark



Short resume of the work of Rastellis:


1937 Circus Medrano – Paris – France.

1949 Circus Schumann – Copenhagen- Denmark.

1954 Circus Schumann – Copenhagen – Denmark

1960 Holliday on Ice

1966 Circus Heroes – Italy – Holland tour.

1967 Circus Knie – Suisse.

1974 Circus Scott – Sweden.

1974 Circus Scott – Clown – Clown – TV performance - Sweden

1977 Circus Scott - Sweden

1978 Circus Schumann – Tent – Denmark.

1980 Circus Americano – Italy.

1980 Blackpool tower circus - England

1981 Circus Americano – Italy

1981 Blackpool tower circus

1982 Circus Americano – Italy.

1982 Black pool Towers – England

1983 Circus Americano – Italy.

1984 Circus Americano – Italy.

1984 ATA show in Wien

1985 Holliday om Ice.

1986 Holliday om Ice.

1987 Holliday om Ice.

1995 Circus Americano – Italy

1996 Circus Americano - Italy

1997 Amusments parks in Italy

2001 Monte Carlo circus festival

2002 Circus Krone – Munchen – Germany (March program)

2002 Bakken Amusement park - Denmark





May 1st.

Schumann back in the circus building in Copenhagen.

A single Schumann will be back in the circus building in Copenhagen. It is the artist Benny Schumann, son of the legendary circus family, who will be back in the building for a single performance. The performance is a charity for kids in Africa. The performance will be on May 8th.



Circus training centre in England

Work is underway converting a church into a new circus training centre in Bristol. St Pauls Church has been empty for 15 years. Thanks to a series of grants it's being restored. And as well as being used by circus group Circomedia the building will also be used as a community and arts centre.



Circus Band in Billy Smart.

The English circus Billy Smart has for the new 2005 tour engaged a four man circus band. The band includes trumpet, saxophone, keyboard and drums. Last season Billy Smart had CD music but this year they have decided to tour with a live band.

Info: John Cooper