Monday, September 24, 2007

Freak of the Week #2 - Three Ball Charlie

Say there, buckeroos, how many balls can you fit in your mouth?

Getcher mind outta the gutter, kid! Your ever-humble Barker is only talking about Billiard Balls!

This fellow with a set of snappers suited for elastic mastication was known in the sideshow world as THREE BALL CHARLIE.

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Charlie hailed from Humbolt, Nebraska, and worked carnival sideshows in the 1930s. Charlie could stuff a Golf Ball, a Tennis Ball, and a Billiard Ball into his cavernous maw, then whistle a tune for you as he balanced on top of several balls while juggling even more balls at the same time!

Charlie must've had a lotta balls to perform an act like that! I'm sure he was mentally stable, but his jawbone was sure unhinged!

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