Max Schumann Jr.

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Max Schumann Jr.
Profession circus director
Personal details
Born 1916
Country Denmark

Title animal trainer 1993-2002
Location at Big Apple Circus in United States

Title owner 1954-1969
Location at Schumann Brothers Circus in Denmark

Biography details

Max Schumann Jr., circus director in Denmark

Born 1916 dead 2004 , son of director Oscar Schumann .

1954: The circus belonged to the brothers Albert Schumann (1915-2001) and Max (1916-2004). Max Schumann has the daughter Katja Schumann (born 1949), married to Paul Binder of New Yorks circus Big Apple.

1977: Max decided to hit the road again under a big top, and Cirkus Max Schumann began touring Denmark in the summer months. Katja presented a liberty act and her high-school act, and Max a "Maxi-Mini" act. Her brother Philip came on board as technical director and appeared at times in a triple high-school act with Max and Katja. Yet, as it had shown in the 1960s in Sweden, it is possible that, in the Scandinavian audiences’ psyche, the name Schumann had become difficult to associate with the idea of a traveling circus.

1982: The audience never built enough to keep the enterprise afloat and, in 1982, Circus Max Schumann folded its tents.

1993: Max joined his daughter at the Big Apple Circus, accompanied by Vivi.

2002: He returned to Denmark in 2002 and finally retired in Lundum in Central Jutland.

2004: He passed away on December 28, 2004 and was laid to rest in the Lundum Cemetery.

2009: His wife Vivi died on November 9, 2009.


Total: 1 children

  1. Katja Schumann. Born: 1916. Dead: † 2004


Siblings through the father Oscar Schumann (1886 -- 1954):

  1. Albert Schumann Born 1915 Dead: † 2001

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Max Schumann Jr.
Born: 1916

Oscar Schumann

Born: 1886

Paternal Grandfather:
Maximilian Schumann

Born: 1853
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Gotthold Schumann
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Victoria Cooke

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). director Max Schumann Jr. in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories director | circus | Big Apple Circus | Schumann family | Born 1916 | Dead 2004 | People from Denmark

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