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.

CMPC Publication : Roule le cirque...
Théodore Rancy - Le blog du cirque


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


Rand, Ayn

Published: 22 May 2009
Last update: 16 Jun 2017