Rancy, Jean Baptiste Théodore

BORN 23 Jul 1818, Chalais - DIED 4 Jun 1892, Caen
GRAVE LOCATION Lyon: Cimetière de la Guillotière Nouveau, avenue Berthelot (allée 1)

Son of cord dancers from Tirol. He became a horse trainer himself. In 1856 he was the first to travel in France with a complete circus. By 1860 his circus employed 116 people and 75 horses. At the opening of the Suez Canal he produced a spectacular show that was witnessed by the empress Eugénie.

In 1870 he wanted to retire, but he started a new circus in Lille, Rouen and Amiens, where the Cirque Jules Verne started in the presence of Jules Verne himself. His children also worked as circus artists.


The grave of J.B.T. Rancy at the Cimetière de la Guillotière Nouveau, Lyon.
Picture by Androom (19 Aug 2001)


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Published: 22 May 2009
Last update: 29 Nov 2023