10 Most Disturbing, Mystifying & Vintage Images of Circus Performers

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Part of the American entertainment that is now considered inhuman and detestable were the circus sideshows that exploited the disabled for the sake of fun. If there is one great American pastime that we'd all rather forget existed, it's the circus sideshow. You would surely your conscience and imagination pricked because of their creepiness. Circus sideshows, also less sensitively known as “freak” shows, are one part of the past that we'd all probably like to move past.

 

1. Body Piercing

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Who would not be disturbed by such an abnormal piercing of the body and still call it exhibition?


2. Pins all Over the Face

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Why make one's face be a pin cushion and consider it a talent?





3. The Twins

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It is a violation of the human rights to be displayed because of their unusual features.


4. Too Small and Helpless

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Isn't it an abuse to be put on a show because you are too small to fight for yourself?


5. No Legs to Show Off




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This guy took advantage of his physical features to earn a living.


6. Fat vs. Thin

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It is indeed weird to showcase a boxing mismatch for the sake of entertaining the audience.


7. Deformed Limbs

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Did they ever consider the feelings of the performer who knew that he did not look like everybody else and show them off for fun?





8. 2 Extra Legs

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By being different this woman got the attention of the audience; but did she enjoy it?


9. Uncanny Weight Lifter

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Teeth are mainly used for chewing; not for lifting weights for sure!


10. Headless and Alive




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Cruelty to animals was part of the game to spend a past time was the trend before.


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