Hall of Fame of Freaks

Welcome to the Hall of Fame of Freaks!  A tribute to the relatively unknown yet unforgotten marvels of the world.  A long-anticipated re-occurring segment where we debate one of the unforgotten marvels (freaks) to see if they are worthy enough to enter… The Hall of Fame of Freaks!


October 12th, 1871 this future legend was born to two Guayanese slaves off the coast of South America. His potential soon acknowledged by PT Barnum, he was brought to the United States at age 18 to become one of Coney Island’s primary attractions. Best known for his ability to roll cigarettes with only his lips, this famous limbless sideshow performer suffered from tetra-amelia syndrome, but despite his physical limitations, truly lived life to his fullest. Speaking 4 languages and displaying charming showmanship led him to a starring role in the 1932 controversial film “Freaks” in which he is seen lighting up a cigarette with a match and producing one single unintelligible line. His incredible self sufficiency despite his obvious challenges led to famous nicknames that included The Snake Man, The Human Torso, The Human Caterpillar, and the Human Worm. This man, loving spouse and father of 4 ultimately passed due to a heart attack on December 19th, 1934 following one final performance at Sam Wagner’s 14th Street Museum in New York City.