Circus Wulff in Switzerland

Circus Wulff
Poster from 1874
Poster from 1874


Owner -: Eduard Wulff
1861-1875: Lorenz Wulff
Opened for public1861
Country Switzerland

Directors: Rosalinde Wulff (director)
: Lorenz Wulff Jr. (director)
: Anna Wulff (assistant director)

Key People: Adele Rossi (artist)
: Clotilde Rossi (artist)
: Alfredo Rossi (animal trainer)
-: Clothilde Wulff (animal trainer)
-: Adolf-Peter Van den Berghe (animal trainer)


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Circus Wulff, Switzerland , opened for public in 1861.

Comments / pictures1851: Eduard Wulff , whose first name could be written as Edouard or Edward, was the son of Lorenz Wulff and Rosaline Wulff. According to his birth certificate, Eduard Wulff was born on July 25, 1851 in Utrecht.
1861: After touring with Circus Renz, Lorenz Wulff founded hos own circus in 1861.
1869: His daughter, the rider Clothilde Wulff, then eleven years old, was at the top of the bill in 1869. Of course, Edouard was also part of his father\'s troop.
1874: A poster mention Circus Lorenz Wulff. Later, his wife Rosalinde took over management of the circus. At the head of a large cavalry,
1878: Rosalinde stayed in Liège in 1878 under the banner of Cirque Suisse . Eduard \' s brother , Lorenz junior, known as Lorenzo, led a cavalry at the Hengler Circus .
1887: German-Dutch ringmaster Eduard Wulff (son of Lorenz, in england Henry Edward Wulff) took over The London Palladium for a short time.
1891-05-07 Ede Wulff opened Europe\'s first permanent circus in Budapest. The sizes of this building were the same like the present day Circus, the only difference was the seating of the room, it seated 2290 before. Ringmaster Wulff\'s original building was dismantled in 1966 and its replacement opened its doors in 1971 with a reduced seating of 1,850.

1902: Karel Kludsky senior acquired the cavalry of the Wulff Circus and created a large circus-hippodrome to which it annexed his menagerie.
Circus Wulff in Switzerland Switzerland

Wulff\'s Improved Apparatus for Throwing Animals to take a Somersault is a device for projecting horses, elephants, monkeys &c into the air so that they perform the so-called saltomortale. The animal is supported by means of a body belt, fastened to vertical posts on a plate, so that its Feet are just in contact with the plate. The plate is connected to a base by means of a hinge at one end, and springs are provided which tilt the plate when a catch is released.

When the animal is strapped into position and the trigger pulled, the plate tilts and the animal turns a somersault, the rings on the body belt readily disengaging themselves from the hooks on the supporting posts.

The apparatus is designed to ensure that the animal does not cling with the legs, which would be objectionable.
- Eduard Wulff Circus Manager, 10 Rue du Moniteur, Brussels, Belgium (Agent: W P Thompson & Co)
1904: In Passau, Lorenz Wulff died on June 29, 1904, and his wife Rosalinde on February 22, 1881.

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Circus Wulff, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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