Meet The Very Special Circus Performers That Used To Wow Their Audiences!

It’s terribly upsetting to think that not all that long ago if a person was born with a physical deformity, they probably had to live with it their entire life. Medical advances since mean that many issues can be addressed with surgical procedures. But a century ago, if you were afflicted in this way, often the only way you could pay your way was to get a job working in a travelling circus as a performer or act. Labelled ‘a freak’, life was tough. But many prospered due to their indomitable spirit and brought up families and thrived. Let’s meet some:

Alice Doherty, aka The Minnesota Woolly Baby

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Unzie the Albino

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Isaac Sprague, aka The Living Skeleton

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Two ladies, one born with a condition meaning her feet grew to gargantuan sizes and another lady, born without arms.

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Pip and Flip.

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Minnie Woolsey, aka Koo-Koo The Bird Girl, who suffered from Virchow-Seckel Syndrome.

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‘The Legless Acrobat’ and his family.

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‘The Human Pincushion’.

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This performer suffered from Ectrodactyly, which causes hands and feet to appear almost as lobster claws.

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The two-headed man.

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The four-legged girl.

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Ella ‘Camel Girl’ Harper.

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The smallest person to ever live, Lucia Zarate. At 18 years of age, Lucia weighed in at just over 4lbs.

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A bearded lady named Annie Jones.

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H/T: Diply

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