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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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Improbable Realities of Glen Wexler

Glen Wexler is a preeminent album cover artist and photographer who has worked with many well-known musicians and rock bands, including Van Halen, Michael Jackson, Steve Miller Band, Rush, KISS, Yes, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Slaughter, the Black Crowes, Bob … 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 Knife Thrower

One of the classic acts of the circus sideshow is the Knife Thrower. Knife throwing is part of a group of performance arts known as impalement arts. Impalement arts include knife, axe and tomahawk throwers; bullwhip crackers; archery marksmen; and … 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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