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What do Adolf Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi, and Ed Sullivan have in common? Ottavio Canestrelli crossed paths with each. He performed with the Krone Circus in Italy and Germany from 1922 to 1924 on the eve of Hitler's rise to power; he witnessed a rally for Mahatma Gandhi in India in 1931; and he appeared twice on the Ed Sullivan Show during the 1960s.

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Paperback, 220 pages
Published June 10th 2016 by Lulu Publishing Services
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Julia Simpson-Urrutia
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic book that takes the reader back to the first world war and the history of a family in the circus. Okay, to be fair, it starts out in the 19th century with the out of wedlock birth of Ottavio Canestrelli. His grandson, Ottavio Gesmundo, has done a marvelous job polishing up one of the greatest memoirs of all time. You like the circus? Read this!
Tori Lubecki
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is packed full of some of the most exciting and outrageous circus stories ever told. It even has pictures to back up the stories, without which you may not believe the stories being told. It blew my mind that one man lived so many adventures. I love to read biographies and I'm in the circus, so this book was tailor-made for me. It is perfect for anyone seeking adventure. Once you start, you won't be able to put it down.
Shelly
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I am very excited to read my first Giveaway book once I receive it. From the discription of the book, it includes several genres that I enjoy reading; history, memoires, and war history.
Ottavio Gesmundo
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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A small world inside a much larger one...

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A remarkable memoir. The arc of Ottavio Canestrelli’s life is nothing short of epic – spanning several decades “under the big top,” running from German troops, encounters with cannibal tribes, and performances on Hollywood sound-stages. As a gypsy, Canestrelli’s approach to living in this world clearly was outside of the mainstream. H
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Ottavio Gesmundo hails from more than six generations of Italian circus performers. He is a director, choreographer, and stunt coordinator who has performed on numerous television specials, Broadway, and over twenty-five productions in Las Vegas. Currently, Ottavio travels the globe performing death-defying crossbow stunts with his wife, Naomi, as MR. & MRS. G. Gesmundo lives in Las Vegas, Nev ...more