25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

In the day and age of modern science, we can sometimes overlook how far we have come as a society. Sideshows were made popular in the 1900’s because they offered a glimpse at oddities that were unknown to most people. Sideshows gave people who were ‘different’ a home where they could be comfortable around their peers. Sideshow performers became more of a family than just friends, looking out for each other and caring for one another. With the popularity of TV, these sideshows seemed to disappear almost completely until the early 1990’s when Jim Rose created the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. Below are 25 pictures of sideshow performers and their acts.

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

1. Annie Jones, AKA The Bearded Woman, was an advocate against the word ‘freak’ being used when it came to sideshows. 

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

2. Sideshow boxers.

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

3. Ella Harper was also known as Camel Girl due to her legs.

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

4. Elastic Skin-Man

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

5. The Four-Legged Woman

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

6. Johnny Eck, AKA The Half Man, was a performer, but also a conductor of an orchestra and an accomplished painter.

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

7. One sideshow perform with hand and leg deformities.

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

8. Humans weren’t the only participants in sideshows. This is the headless chicken that lived for 18 months without an attached head. 

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

9. Martin Laurello was also known as The Human Owl. He was born with the ability to turn his head a full 180 degrees.

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

10. Koo Koo – The Bird Girl 

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

11. Above is The Legless Acrobat in a picture with his family. 

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

12. Lucia Zarate was only 18 years old and weight only 4 lbs! She is the smallest person to ever have lived. 

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

13. This is Josephine-Joseph. It’s unknown if she was truly a hermaphrodite, or possibly a really skilled performer. Regardless, she was able to land a movie role in the 1932 movie Freaks.

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

14. Look at that strength! John Jennings was known as The Modern Samson. 

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

15. The Pierced Man

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

16. The Human Pin Cushion

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

17. Pip and Flip 

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

18. The Living Skeleton’s real name was Isaac Sprague. 

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

19. Prince Randian didn’t let the fact that he had no limbs hold him back. He was able to write, shave, and roll cigarettes with his mouth. He was also fluent in Hindu, English, German, and French.

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

20. It’s kind of funny to think that she was part of a sideshow. Artoria Gibbon was known as The Tattooed Lady. 

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

21. The Two-Headed Man

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

22. This performer was known as Unzie The Albino. 

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

23. Alice E. Doherty was known as The Minnesota Woolly Baby.

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

24. Horace Ridler attended Oxford University and was a major in World War 1. He decided to transform his body adding zebra stripes to his body over a period of over 500 tattoo sessions because he wanted to be a sideshow attraction.

25 Rare Photos Of Sideshow Performers That Will Scare You Away From The Circus Forever

25. One of the performers with large feet and another with no arms.

It’s amazing how far we have come as a society. We no longer have sideshows with every circus, fair, or event. While you can still find sideshows around the world, the performers are there voluntarily typically performing acts that they have been trained in doing like sword swallowing, walking on broken glass, or being a contortionist.

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