Italy: Mary with Dolores, Luigi and Loris

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Italy: Mary with Dolores, Luigi and Loris


The elephant act


When Guglielmo closed his circus in 1953, the troupe broke apart. Rodolfo and his wife Guerrina Verzegnacci joined other circuses with their children Loris (1936) e Luigi (1940). They worked with Circo Nazionale Orfei and with Circo Cristiani: Loris would lay down and Mary would walk over her, without stepping on her. Only once her posterior leg stepped over on Loris’ knee and broke her rotula. In 1961 the two brothers fall from the trapeze and spend 6 months in the hospital, ending their circus career.


“Italy: Mary with Dolores, Luigi and Loris,” Italian-American Memories: Documentary Archive, accessed July 1, 2022,