Max Schumann Sr.

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Max Schumann Sr.
Profession circus director
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Born 1853
Country Denmark

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Title owner 1908-
Location at Schumann Brothers Circus in Denmark

Title owner 1865
Location at Great European Circus in United States

Biography details

Max Schumann Sr., circus director in Denmark

Born 1853 dead 1933 , son of director Gotthold Schumann .

Gotthold Schumann, the founder of the dynasty, died on December 23, 1908, at age eighty-four. The circus he had created was not a German entity anymore. Now in charge of the family circus, Max Schumann, the Swedish citizen, boosted its importance, and made it one of Scandinavia’s major circuses, traveling on a territory that included not only Sweden, Denmark and Norway, but also Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy. Max's sons had, like him, acquired the Swedish nationality; they learned the language and made their mandatory military service in the Royal Cavalry in Stockholm.

For several years, Max toured India (then the "crown jewel" of the British Empire) with the English circus Wilson. It is during this time that he met and married Victoria Cooke, who belonged to the old (and prolific) Scottish circus dynasty. Together they had three sons: Willy (1880-1936) and Ernst (1884-1960), both born in India, and Oscar (1886-1954), who was born in St. Patersburg, Russia, during an engagement at Circus Ciniselli, where Max had rejoined his father, Gotthold, who was performing there in the winter of 1886-1987.


Total: 1 children

  1. Oscar Schumann. Born: 1886. Dead: † 1954

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Born: 1853

Gotthold Schumann

Born: 1824-11-25

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Koehl, Dan, (2023). director Max Schumann Sr. in Denmark. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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