Photos: Christopher Majka
Andrei Nikolaev Jr. is the son of Andrei Nikolaev Sr., a dinstinguished and well-loved clown in the Russian circus in the tradition of Grock and Dimitri. Nikolaev Sr. is a master of juggling, acrobatics, clowning and many other circus disciplines and frequently performs as the circus' ringmaster.
In addition to this he is a senior instructor at the Moscow circus school.
His son has followed in his father's footsteps and has become an excellant juggler who specializes in hat routines. Sometimes father joins son in the circus ring for a little hat one-upsmanship! Both Nikolaev's toured Atlantic Canada with a group of Russian circus stars under the banner of the Kholmsky Circus.