Igor Emilievich Kio was a Russian illusionist with the Russian State Circus. Born Igor Emilievich Hirschfeld-Renard, He was the son of the legendary magician Emil Kio. He began to work with his father at age 5, eventually replacing him in the act in 1960. Upon the death of his father in 1965, he inherited the act, which he continued to present in the Soviet Union and all over the world well into the 21st century. In 1962, he was married briefly to Galina Brezhneva, the daughter of Leonid Brezhnev; he was 18 years old, she was 33, and already married. Leonid Brezhnev had the marriage immediately cancelled by the KGB: it had lasted only nine days… In 1966, Igor Kio married circus artist Yolanta Olkhovikova, who came from a famous Russian circus family. They divorced in 1974, and Yolanta married Igor’s brother, Emil Kio, Jr., himself a famous illusionist. Igor’s third wife, whom he married in 1977, was a dancer in his company, Viktoria Ivanovna.
About Igor Kio
Illusionist who became famous for his time spent with the Russian Circus Association.
He was born and raised in Moscow.
He once received a top award from the People’s Artist of the Russian Federation.
He was married to Galina Brezhneva for just nine days before they divorced.
He and Val Valentino were among the world’s top illusionists.
Information related to Igor Kio
- Russian magicians
- Soviet magicians
- Burials at Novodevichy Cemetery
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