The tradition of the strongman in circuses

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Re: The tradition of the strongman in circuses

Post by Harry Hayfield » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:20 pm

Going through that article, here are the list of strongmen (not in the sporting format) and the dates that they were around in chronological order (aside from the ones that we know about already):

Thomas Topham (1702 - 1749)
Angus Graham (1812 - 1896)
Angus MacAskill (1825 - 1863)
Allissa Vasilevich & Otto Eberstadt (1839 - 1843 circus career)
Yusuf İsmail (1857 - 1898)
William Bankier (1870 - 1949)
Ivan Poddubny (1871 - 1949)
The Great Gama (1878 - 1960)
Monte Saldo (1879 - 1949)
Frank Saldo (1882 - 1930)
Kodi Rammurthy Naidu (1882 - 1942)
Zishe Breitbart (1883 - 1925)
Alexander Zass (1888 - 1962)
Joe Greenstein (1893 - 1977)
The Great Antonio (1925 - 2003)
Mat Tarzan (1959 - 1966 competition career)

Suggesting that Thomas Topham was the first real strongman
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Re: The tradition of the strongman in circuses

Post by DannyBoy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:51 pm

I seriously doubt Thomas Topham was the first strongman performer, but he was at least one of the first to achieve real fame as a strongman (& make good money exhibiting feats of strength, or so I've read) and perhaps could be considered the first modern strongman. That's due in no small part to the natural philosopher John Theophilus Desaguliers, who helped Topham achieve his fame, and thankfully for us also recorded the feats of strength he performed.

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Re: The tradition of the strongman in circuses

Post by Harry Hayfield » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:27 am

Yesterday afternoon, I attended a production of "Around the World in Eighty Days" which is on a tour of the United Kingdom and I am pleased to say that PC got a very big appearance. In the section dealing with William Batcular's circus in Yokohama (who when answering Passpartout's question about employment states ""I already have two who are obedient and faithful, have never left me, and serve me for their nourishment and here they are," added he, holding out his two robust arms, furrowed with veins as large as the strings of a bass-violin") Passepartout is roped into an acrobatics display which features the following (fake) display of physical culture and acrobatics
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Re: The tradition of the strongman in circuses

Post by DannyBoy » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:37 am

Thanks for the photos, Harry. I hope you enjoyed the performance. :)

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