Crazy Circus of Horrors cast members have been gearing up for their Warrington show later this month with a mixture of bizarre stunts.
The darkly popular act is celebrating its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with a show at Parr Hall on Saturday 25 February.
And to get into the spirit of the new tour, The Never-ending Nightmare, the gang have been exploring their adventurous side with auctions of body parts and promises of human taxidermy.
Sword swallower Hannibal Hellmuerto had a Vincent Van Gogh moment a little while ago and cut off his earlobes.
The operation came after years of ‘ear stretching’ which had seen his lobes stretch to an astonishing 62mm as part of his body modification programme; he is also covered in tattoos, has a forked tongue, ‘floating ribs’ and Mammoth Ivory teeth.
The procedure prompted an idea for an “earie” Auction of Horrors and the tiny body parts sold for £460 to Sarah Martin from Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, a collector of the weird and wonderful who beat off bids from Australia and South Africa.
Hannibal said: “After I had the operation to remove my earlobes I always kept my ear to the ground in case an opportunity like this came up. I am happy they have gone to a good home as I was quite attached to them.”
Meanwhile, performer Anthony Walls, who performs a human pin cushion act in which he pushes giant hat pins through his neck and face, has decided to be a little more sensible and has set up a will. But the contents are less than conventional.
While he’s left his estate to his girlfriend and part of his business in trust to his two nephews, Anthony has decided to have his body preserved via taxidermy and then exhibited in the Circus of Horrors as it tours the world.
A second generation circus and side show actor – Anthony’s father, the great El Hakim, did a very alike act in the Circus of Horrors 20 years ago – Anthony said: “I have been in this particular form of entertainment all my life.
“I first lay on a bed of nails when I was four years old and I want this legacy to live on beyond my death. I believe the best way of doing this would be to have my body preserved via taxidermy and exhibited in the most famous freak show on earth, The Circus of Horrors.”
This is a impressive show which features an amazing mixture of strange, brave and beautiful acts all woven into an Alice in Horrorland-style story performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek.
Tickets are £16-£26 (£3 off Early Bat bookings) for Saturday 25th February 2017 at 7.30pm at Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL
For more information call 01925 442345 or go to www.pyramidparrhall.com