15 World’s Amazing Circus Sideshow Performers

Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike was also known as the miracle chicken. While preparing for dinner, Mr. Olsen beheaded Mike but amazingly, it refused to die, instead, it jumped off and ran around. Mike lived for 18 months after losing his head,finally succumbing at a motel in the Arizona desert in 1946 during one of his many appearances as a sideshow attraction in the American southwest.



Credits to Troy Waters


Mignon (The Penguin Lady)

Mignon was born in the early 1900’s with a condition called phocomelia, which typically results in the curbing of limbs and the fusion of digits. Her fingers were fused in such a way as to resemble flippers so she waddles rather than walk. She often wore a two piece bathing suit to show off her unique body. She learned to play the rather exotic marimba, an African instrument similar to a xylophone. She was featured in numerous sideshows.