The Science of Fire Breathing - YouTube
Dr Tim Cockerill explores the science behind the most dangerous stunt in the firebreather's repertoire - the human volcano. From the volatility of the fuel t...
Minnesota Iceman
The Minnesota Iceman is a sideshow exhibit that depicts a man-like creature frozen in a block of ice. It was displayed at shopping malls, state fairs, and carnivals in the United States and Canada in ...
Splat wall
A splat wall is a large wall made from Velcro to which people can stick themselves.A splat wall can be within the interpretation of the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 as something that is seen to be a p...
Cardiff Giant
The Cardiff Giant was one of the most famous hoaxes in United States history. It was a 10-foot (3.0 m) tall purported "petrified man" uncovered on October 16, 1869, by workers digging a well...
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Sideshow alley
A sideshow alley is an Australian term for the cluster of attractions that may accompany public events such as agricultural shows. It is similar to the American term 'midway'. Australian sideshows ty...
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Wilgefortis
Wilgefortis is a female saint of popular religious imagination whose legend arose in the 14th century, and whose distinguishing feature is a large beard. Her name is thought by some to derive from the...
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Bed of nails
A bed of nails is an oblong piece of wood, the size of a bed, with nails pointing upwards out of it. It appears to the spectator that anyone lying on this "bed" would be injured by the nails, but this...
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Fiji mermaid
The Fiji mermaid (also Feejee mermaid) was an object comprising the torso and head of a juvenile monkey sewn to the back half of a fish. It was a common feature of sideshows, where it was presented a...
Fiji mermaid - Wikipedia
Fire breathing
A video of fire breathing Fire breathing is the act of creating a plume of fire by breathing a stream of fuel over an open flame. It can be a dangerous activity but the proper technique and the corr...
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Elmer McCurdy
Elmer J. McCurdy (January 1, 1880 – October 7, 1911) was an American bank and train robber who was killed in a shoot-out with police after robbing a Katy Train in Oklahoma in October 1911. Dubbed "Th...
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Annie Jones (bearded woman)
Annie Jones (July 14, 1865 – October 22, 1902) was an American bearded woman, born in Virginia. She toured with showman P. T. Barnum as a circus attraction. Whether the cause of her condition was hirs...
Annie Jones (bearded woman) - Wikipedia
Chapeaugraphy
Chapeaugraphy, occasionally anglicised to chapography, is a panhandling trick in which a ring-shaped piece of felt is manipulated to look like various types of hats. The act originated in 1618 with Pa...
Josephine Clofullia
Josephine Clofullia (1827–1875) was a famous Swiss-born bearded lady who toured with P. T. Barnum's "American Museum".
Madame Clofullia, as she was often billed was born Josephine Boisdechêne in S...
Bearded lady
A bearded lady or bearded woman is a woman who has a visible beard. These women have long been a phenomenon of legend, curiosity, or ridicule.
A relatively small number of women are able to grow e...
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Jane Barnell
Jane Barnell (January 3, 1871 – October 26, 1951) was an American bearded lady who worked in sideshow and used the stage name Lady Olga or Madame Olga
Jane Barnell was born in Wilmington, North Ca...
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Clémentine Delait
Clémentine Delait (5 March 1865 – 5 April 1939) was a French bearded lady who kept a café.Clémentine Delait and her husband kept a café in Thaon-les-Vosges, in Lorraine, France. According to later acc...
Jennifer Miller
Jennifer Miller (born 1961) is an American circus entertainer, writer, and professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has lived as a woman with a beard for most of her life. She is a juggle...
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Fire eating
Brian Brushwood performing fire eating tricks. Video of fire eating.Fire eating is the act of putting a flaming object into the mouth and extinguishing it. A fire eater is most commonly an entertai...
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Human firecracker
A "Human Firecracker" is a stunt performed where a person attaches large quantities of firecrackers to themselves and the firecrackers are ignited. One such human firecracker is professional stuntwoma...
Human Blockhead
A human blockhead is a carnival or sideshow performer who hammers a nail or other implement (such as an awl or screwdriver) into his or her nasal cavity via the nostril. The stunt is often shocking t...
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Bee bearding
Bee bearding is the practice of wearing several hundred honey bees on the face, usually as a sideshow-type demonstration at agricultural shows. Hive bees are attracted into position by a queen in a sm...
Pickled punks
Pickled punks is the carny term for human fetuses preserved in jars of formaldehyde and used as sideshow attractions. Most pickled punks display some sort of anatomical abnormality, such as conjoined ...
Hazel Farris
The purported mummified remains of Hazel Farris (c. 1880 – December 20, 1906) traveled the American South and were displayed for a long time at the Bessemer Hall of History in Bessemer, Alabama ...
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Little Irvy
Little Irvy was a traveling sideshow attraction in the United States of America from the late 1967 until the mid-1990s. The 20-ton sperm whale was hauled around the United States by trucker Jerry "Tyr...
Flea circus
A flea circus refers to a circus sideshow attraction in which fleas are attached (or appear to be attached) to miniature carts and other items, and encouraged to perform circus acts within a small hou...
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Armless wonder
An armless wonder was a person without arms who was exhibited, usually at a circus sideshow. Typically (but not exclusively) a woman, she would perform various tricks using her feet and toes, such as ...
Armless wonder - Wikipedia
Helena Antonia
Helena Antonia was a bearded female court dwarf of Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress and was a favorite of Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain, and also a lady-in-waiting for Constance of Austria. ...
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Wall of death (carnival sideshow)
The Wall of Death, motordrome, silodrome or Well of Death (aka "Maut ka Kuaa", India) is a carnival sideshow featuring a silo- or barrel-shaped wooden cylinder, ranging from 20 to 36 feet (6.1 to 11....
Wall of death (carnival sideshow) - Wikipedia
Human dartboard
The human dartboard is a contemporary sideshow act in which one person throws darts at another person. Usually the thrower is the target's assistant or a member of the audience. This act was popular...