7 Weird Circus Performers that Actually Existed
There was always something off about circus performers, however these performers are so weird you will doubt their very existence while they are also being legendary. These are the 10 weirdest circus performers that actually existed.
7 Weird Circus Performers that Actually Existed
May 18, 1881, Francesco A. Lentini(more commonly known as Frank Lentini) was born into a family of twelve children and very well known for having three legs. The reason for Franks’ deformity was due to his partially absorbed conjoined twin who was attached at the base of his spine. Aside from his third leg Lentini was also born with an extra foot coming out of his third knee, sixteen toes and two sets of male genitalia both fully functional, yeah you heard me right he was born with two completely functional penises. His show name was the three legged football player due to his extraordinary ability to kick a soccer ball at great distances. Sadly despite having three legs he did not have two of equal length which resulted in him walking in an awkward fashion. Lentini lived a long happy life married to a beautiful Theresa Murray with four children and spent over 40 years with many different circuses. Sadly every adventure comes to an end and by the age of 85 in 1966 Francesco died of lung failure in Jackson, Florida.
The Wild Men of Borneo contrary to their name were born on an Ohio farm in 1825 and 1827. The Wild Men of Borneo where two brothers both born with mental disabilities and each 40 inches tall with extreme physical strength comparatively due to their size and are often known to lifting people from the audience and wrestling fiercely with each other to prove their superior physical strength (said to be able to lift 300lbs each). Both brothers Hiram and Barney were bought from their widowed mother in 1852 and by 1874 where valued at 50,000$ and for the next 25 years would amass a total of 200,000$. After the tragic death of Hiram in 1905 Barney refused to go back to work and died only 7 years later.
Mister Fantastic; ever thought that the fantastic four would never exist well as it turns they did and mister wonderful was born wanted 1859 in Copenhagen, New York under the name James Morris. Morris used his stretching power at first to amuse his friends and coworkers at a young age having this ability also made him pretty popular with other officers when he joined the military. He could reportedly stretch his skin more than 18 inches from his body without showing any clear signs of pain. He later joined the circus, and by 1885 he had already toured with the biggest circuses in the world and in that time was dubbed “The Rubber Man.”
As a child, you probably tried walking on all four limbs like a dog or some other animal which would fail miserably because your body wasn’t designed that way. Ella Harper, however, was born with the ability to bend her knees backward which allowed her to walk on all of her limbs, and you guessed it like a dog but for some reason, she was called camel girl, which might have sounded like a more attractive name. While she was making about 200$ a week, she quit the show business in 1886 and later died December 19, 1921, of colon cancer at the age of 51.
Puberty, we all go through it, usually, begins at the age of twelve and is a process that changes our bodies in many different ways. However experienced something much more horrifying than puberty and at the age of three, his deformities started to form on the left side of his body and by the age of 12, his deformities were so severe his father kicked him out of the house, leaving him homeless and alone. Even as a freak his circus performances were not that special and was eventually abandoned and robbed by his manager and was left penniless. He later died of asphyxiation on April 11, 1890, aged 27 because he tried to sleep while lying down which he was not able to do due to the deformities on his head.
Small people, we see them all the time but in some cases, some people turn out so small, they barely passed for humans. This was the case for Lucia Zarate who was born in January 1864 and died in 1890. Not only was she the shortest recorded human who ever lived but also the lightest human weighing in at 8 ounces and a height of 7 inches which gave her, her well-known name the puppet woman and by the age 12 she was the highest paid dwarf at a rate of 20$/an hour.
Prince Randian The human caterpillar; Randians’ birthname remains to this day unknown. However, he was born with no limbs meaning that he had neither legs nor arms. His most famous trick is his ability to light a cigarette which would have been quite difficult considering his condition. He was married and had four children none of which shared his affliction. He died shortly after his final performance on December 19th, 1934.