Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus

A real lifestyles Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus global to lifestyles throughout the gorgeously written, real tale of popular trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the main well-known girl on the planet on the flip of the 20 th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the recognized Flying Codona Brothers.

Like contemporary Beyonce, Madonna, and Cher, she was once recognized to her huge public by way of only one identify, Leitzel. There could have been a few areas on the earth the place her identify was once no longer a loved ones expression, but when so, they have been most probably on polar ice caps or within the darkest, inner most jungles.
       Leitzel used to be born into Dickensian situations, and have become a princess after which a queen. She used to be now not a lot larger than an outstanding dimension fairy, simply four-foot-ten and no more than a hundred kilos. within the first a part of the 20 th century, she presided over a sawdust fiefdom of endless magic. She was once the largest megastar ever of the most important circus ever, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the best express on the earth.
    In her existence, Leitzel had many suitors (and 3 husbands), yet just one guy ever absolutely captured her middle. He used to be the good-looking Alfredo Codona, the best trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the single one in his time who, evening after evening, done the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--three somersaults in midair whereas touring at 60 m.p.h. The Triple, the salto mortale, because the Italians referred to as it, took the lives of extra daredevils than the other circus stunt.

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Possibly due to a few Faustian discount Alfredo had made with them six years prior in a good park development in Shreveport, they ultimately provided him with the main zenithal of the large top’s prizes, The Triple. And, moreover, they'd given him specific ownership of the treasure, even supposing, for a quick time, he needed to proportion it with one other leaper. Ernie Lane, the flyer who have been competing with him to be the second one guy after Ernie Clarke to accomplish The Triple, eventually won the feat, too, however the gods it seems that meant for his or her present to him to be a quick and transitority one.

Due to the frequency with which golden humans grew to become up on the circus, the performers and workhands, whereas unfailingly welcoming and cordial, have been hardly ever unduly inspired. Their reception for Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau used to be diversified. every person fawned over him. Murnau was once greatly said to be the 1st real genius of moviemaking. Like Shakespeare, Michelangelo, and Beethoven, he used to be a kind of far-seers who, after being attracted to an artwork medium, reinvented it and confirmed new criteria for raising it to a top by no means ahead of reached.

He had grown up in Syracuse, big apple, and, at 16, traveled to Europe on a steamer. There he came across paintings as a circus estate boy for a trapeze troupe, after which, after a few years, all started dealing with trapeze acts on his personal. Leamy persisted pushing the massive sheets sooner than Eduard after which ultimately confirmed him the most important and so much richly distinct of the conceptions. It awarded an inside view of a luxurious theater, besides an viewers that looked to be within the hundreds of thousands. The trapezone rotaire was once proven excessive within the air of the theater, the trapezoid orientated in a horizontal place and guyed by means of cables to the theater’s ceiling.

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Within the middle of the hippodrome, welders and riveters have been cobbling jointly an immense puzzlement of metal beams that had all of the actors speculating on simply what it may be. somewhere else at the earthen flooring, within a white painted wood ring, a coach used to be rehearsing a trio of elephants via headstands and two-legged pirouettes. Grips have been rolling in carts, such a lot of them piled excessive with lamps and coils of cable. And close to the ceiling, Alfredo and Lalo, in addition to Edward, now sixty-nine, have been jabbering in Spanish whereas fitting the rigging for the flying trapeze.

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