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Leonid the Magnificent

Leonid the Magnificent (born Leonid Filatov) is a Russian performance artist born in 1973 in Siberia who now lives in Brooklyn, New York City. Leonid has been performing on stage since the age of 12. He finished Russian Circus School and University of Art and Culture to become an artist and a show creator. While in Russia, Leonid Filatov gained recognition by the Cultural Committee of the Government of Moscow as an acclaimed artiste of the State Central Concert Hall "Rossiya" - the most prestigious in the nation. Since coming to the USA he has performed in many cities across America including Miami, Las Vegas, New York City, New Jersey, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

His repertoire includes classical, modern or exotic dances, highly skilled circus acrobatics, musicals, comedy and drama. He performs solo or with his troupe, the Leo-Leopatra show. His style is highly versatile depending on the venue and occasion, ranging from serious and classical to raucous and edgy.

Leonid became known nationwide after his appearances on the first season of America's Got Talent in 2006. He was selected to go to the semi-finals. David Hasselhoff, a judge on the show, picked him to go on the wild card episode. His appearances on this show gained him a cult following and internet videoclips of these performances have been viewed by thousands of fans from around the world.

He reappeared in the final audition round of Google Trends.[1]

Leonid has also appeared on yo-yo that keeps coming back the harder [he] tried to throw him out."

He performed as a stand by during Vegas Week, but was eliminated and sent home by the judges.


  1. ^ Google Trends: leonid the magnificent, Jun 26, 2007
  • Franklin, Sheila. "Leonid The Magnificent Speaks Out". The Trades. Retrieved 2006-10-08. 
  • Norm Clarke. "Leonid's Life Is Just Magnificent". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
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