Here are real Barnum circus artists and their history from the film the Greatest Showman:
1. Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) 00:10
He was an American showman, politician and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
2. The Cowboy Giant 00:32
Jack Earl was 8’6" and suffered from gigantism and acromegaly. He performed with both the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Circus as The Cowboy Giant.
3. General Tom Thumb 00:51
General Tom Thumb was made famous by working in a circus working under P.T. Barnum, a distant cousin. Over the course of his career, he amassed an incredible fortune and he even met the Prince of Wales.
4. The Bearded Lady 01:19
It has been alleged that Annie Jones started her circus career with P.T. Barnum at the tender age of 9 months. By the age of 5, she had a mustache and sideburns, and by early adulthood, she was the most popular bearded lady in the US.
5. The Living Skeleton 01:46
Isaac W. Sprague was coined as the original living skeleton. He was normal throughout childhood but fell ill at the age of 12 and had been losing weight since then despite a healthy diet. He traveled with P.T. Barnum starting at the age of 24 and died at the age of 46 with at a weight of 46 pounds.
6. The Middlebush Giant 02:15
Arthur James Caley was 7’11" tall and weighed approximately 620 pounds. His biography claimed that he was from Jerusalem but he eventually to the US joining P.T. Barnums circus and later settled down in Middlebush, New Jersey where he gained his nickname.
7. The Wild Men of Borneo 02:48
Hiram and Barney Davis were two mentally disabled brothers from Ohio born 3 years apart. They were very short men about 40 inches tall and weighed 45lbs each. They were part of P. T Barnum as “The Wild Men of Borneo” after their mother sold them to the circus in 1852.
8. The Elastic Skin Man 03:22
Felix Wehrle was born with a condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome enabling him to be able to stretch his skin as well as being able to bend his fingers backwards and forwards. He later joined the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
9. Jo Jo The Dog Boy 03:50
Fedor Jeftichew was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1868 where he and his father who both had the excessive-hair condition, toured as a sideshow. He eventually moved to the US where he joined P.T. Barnum circus and performed with them until his death from pneumonia.
10. Captain George Costentenus or "The Greek Albanian" 04:17
He was a circus performer in the late 1800s. A man who
He was tattooed over his entire body, he was a famous traveling attraction who claimed to have been kidnapped by Chinese Tartars and tattooed against his will. He toured with P. T. Barnum's New and Greatest Show on Earth in 1876 and 1877
11. Fijian cannibals 04:36 in PT Barnum's Circus, United States
When one of these men died in York newspapers reported that two other “cannibals” attempted to eat his corpse
"Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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