10 Strangest Side Show Acts Ever


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Joseph Pujol was able to “inhale” or move air into his rectum and then control the release of that air with his anal sphincter muscles. Pujol decided to try the stage, and debuted in Marseilles in 1887. When his act was well received, he moved to Paris, where he appeared at the Moulin Rouge in 1892.

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Edgar R.R. “Painless” Parker, wore a top hat and a tooth necklace. He was a flamboyant promoter whose gimmicks included pulling 357 teeth in one day, which he strung as a necklace. He once operated a combination traveling circus/dental clinic.


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Hadji Ali (c. 1887–92 – November 5, 1937) was a vaudeville performance artist, thought to be of Egyptian descent, who was famous for acts of controlled regurgitation. His best-known feats included water spouting, smoke swallowing, and nut and handkerchief swallowing followed by disgorgement in an order chosen by the audience. Ali’s most famous stunt, and the highlight of his act, was drinking copious amounts of water followed by kerosene, and then acting by turns as a human flamethrower and fire extinguisher as he expelled the two liquids onto a theatrical prop.


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Stevie “The Professional Regurgitator” Starr is a Scottish performance artist known for being a professional regurgitator.[1] In his act, he swallows various items, such as coins, lightbulbs, balloons, nails, billiard balls, dry sugar and goldfish, and then regurgitatesthem.


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The mighty Sandwina was born as Kate Brumbach in 1884 in Vienna, Austria to Bavarian parents, and in her heyday was known for her bulging 17 inch biceps and 26 ½ inch thighs. She was known to routinely juggle 30 pound iron spheres and press her 165 pound husband above her head using one arm. Some of her more famous feats involved lifting horses, maintaining carousels of 14 persons on her shoulders and carrying a half ton of cannons on her back.


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Mirin Dajo was famous primarily for one thing: He could stick swords and other metal objects straight through his body without injury.


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James Morris was born in New York during the 1800s with “Ehlers-Danlos syndrome,” the strange ability to stretch his skin to unbelievable lengthsTouring as the “India Rubber Man” or the “Elastic Skin Wonder,” he was extremely popular, especially when he took the skin around his neck and pulled it over his eyes


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Isaac W. Sprague was relatively normal as a child, but he began losing large amounts of weight at the age of 12.  He joined a small-time circus, eventually joining P.T. Barnum as “The Human Skeleton” Shortly before his death, he stood 5’6″ and only weighed a hair over 40 lb.


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Edward Mordake is said be have been heir to one of the noblest families in England. He was considered a bright and charming man – a scholar, a musician and a young man in possession of profound grace. He was said to be quite handsome when viewed from the front – yet, on the back of his head there was a second face, twisted and evil.


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Myrtle Corbin, was known as the Four-Legged Woman. While at a glance one could plainly see four legs dangling beyond the hem of her dress only one pair actually belonged to her. The other set belonged to her dipygus twin sister.

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