Archive for the ‘Sideshow’ Category

Vintage Freak Show Footage

October 19, 2012

Coney Island Sideshow, 1940s

October 12, 2012

Human Oddities

June 9, 2009

Nothing Will Die

June 3, 2009

“Never. Oh, never. Nothing will die. The stream flows, the wind blows, the cloud fleets, the heart beats. Nothing will die.” —The Elephant Man, 1980

She Freak

May 24, 2009

The Man with Two Faces

May 18, 2009

Sideshow Freaks

May 13, 2009

Top 10 Famous Sideshow Freaks

Johnny Eck: King of the Freaks

May 11, 2009

Johnny “The Half Boy” Eck, legendary sideshow performer, was born without the lower half of his torso, and starred in Tod Browning’s classic flick, Freaks (1932). Eck once famously remarked, “If I want to see freaks, I can just look out the window.” Born in Baltimore in 1911, Johnny Eck (real name: Johnny Eckhardt) was born without a body below the waist and had a normal twin brother named Robert. Johnny joined the freak show circuit at the tender age of 12 and soon earned the title, “King of the Freaks.” In addition to Freaks, Johnny appeared in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), Tarzan Escapes (1936) and Tarzan’s Secret Treasure (1941). Johnny and Robert toured the country as part of a famous magic show, performing a routine where Johnny was sawed in half much to the horror of many theatergoers. According to reports, Johnny had a genius IQ and was a highly talented painter, musician and gymnast. Johnny died of a heart attack in 1991. He is buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore alongside his brother.