LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS... welcome to the big top blog of Douglas McPherson, author of CIRCUS MANIA, the book described by Gerry Cottle as "A passionate and up-to-date look at the circus and its people."

Saturday, 21 September 2013

The circus girl with the strongest hair in the world!

Hair raising
Anastasia IV
takes to the hair
in the Circus of Horrors
Following on from my previous post about the fastest dog on a tightrope, here's another record breaker. Joanna Sawicka - better known as Circus of Horrors star Anastasia IV has entered the new 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of Records for lifting the greatest weight with her hair - 53.4 kg or 117lbs 11 oz, which is the weight of another person who was suspended from her hair while she was hanging upside down.

Originally from Poland, Anastasia IV was studying to be a bio chemist at London's City of Westminster University when she saw the Circus of Horrors and gave up her scientific ambitions to join them as the girl with the superhuman hair.

Be sure to catch her hair-raising antics in the Circus of Horrors, which will have a Monday night residency at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, in the heart of the West End from October 28 to December 16. The show will also be on tour around the country on the other days of the week. Click here for Circus of Horrors tour dates. and click here to see Anastasia in another hair-raising stunt: pulling a hearse with her hair.

Circus of Horrors star Dr Haze (R)
helps launch Circus Mania with
author Douglas McPherson (C)
and showman Gerry Cottle
For more on the Circus of Horrors, read a full chapter on the stomach-churning tricks of its macabre cast, including undead ringmaster Dr Haze, sword-swallower Hannibal Helmurto and Captain Dan the Demon Dwarf in Circus Mania - The Ultimate Book For Anyone Who Dreamed of Running Away with the Circus.

Click here to buy Circus Mania.

1 comment:

  1. Anyone interested in hair-hanging can also check out 'Capilotractées', by Finnish circus artists Sanja Kosonen and Elice Abonce Muhonen...