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Enis Togni, circus artiste and impresario – obituary

Enis Togni with Pope John Paul II
Enis Togni with Pope John Paul II

Enis Togni , who has died aged 83, was an acrobat, flying trapeze artiste and tiger trainer in his native Italy, and went on to become one of the most respected circus impresarios in Europe.

Ennio (always known as Enis) Togni was born on November 26 1933 into a circus dynasty, the youngest of the four children of Ferdinando Togni and Alba Massacessi.

Enis made his show business debut at the age of eight, although it was not under the big top, but in a gala at a theatre in Giacosa di Napoli. In the audience was General Erwin Rommel, who congratulated the boy on his performance.

As a young man Togni was an adept ground acrobat and batoude (springboard) leaper, but a fracture to his foot sustained during a performance at Pinerolo put an end to a promising career. 

He also joined in the family Togni’s flying trapeze troupe, a spectacular act with nine participants, but he admitted that he was...

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