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Frank Lentini – The King of the Freaks and a Sideshow Wonder

  Sideshow Freak Frank Lentini was known to many as “The Human Tripod” because he had three legs. Lentini was born to a well-to-do family in Sicily.   His unusual condition was the result of being part of a pair of … Continue reading

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An Brief History of Sword Swallowing

Sword swallowing, along with fire eating, fire walking, beds of nails, and snake charming is an ancient art having its origins in India about thousands of years ago. Developed by priests, known as fakirs or sadhus, the art was used … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Aerial Performances

The spotlight shines brightly on a young woman twisting and twirling on a silk threaded to the high ceiling. The crowd gasps with each feat, and when the woman flips to the floor, the crowd roars into a standing ovation. … Continue reading

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Steampunk World’s Fair – The World’s Largest Steampunk Event

Last weekend, there were thousands of Steampunks at the Radisson and Embassy Suites hotels in Piscataway, New Jersey. Steampunk, a strange blend of futuristic technology and the anachronistic society of the Victorian era, takes its primary influences from 19th century … Continue reading

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The World’s Tallest Man Meets The World’s Smallest Man

The World’s Smallest Man – Pingping Meets The World’s Tallest Man – Sultan Kosen

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Jo Jo the Dog Faced Boy – Fedor Jeftichew

Fedor Jeftichew – Jo Jo the Dog Faced Boy Fedor was born in Russia in 1868 and like his father, Adrien Konstantinov Jeftichew, the boy had generalized hypertrichosis. This condition, also know as “werewolf syndrome”, results in thick hair covering … Continue reading

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The Minnesota Woolly Girl – Alice Doherty

Alice Elizabeth Doherty – The Minnesota Woolly Girl Born in Minneapolis on March 14, 1887, Alice Doherty had a rare condition called “dog-faced” hypertrichosis. She had normal parents and siblings. Alice was put on exhibition as a freak when she … Continue reading

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