"Three Legged Man"
Frank Lentini the "Three Legged Man" came to the United States
from his native Italy, as a young man for Ringling Barnum
Circus. He possessed three developed legs, and two sets of
sexual organs. In his demonstration, he would kick a football
the length of the tent with his third leg.
He also appeared at Coney Island and spent many years with the
Wanous Family Show.
In 1963 his ambition led him to have his own ten in one
sideshow. I had a small show called "Pygmy Village" that season
in which Pete Terhurne did the entire show. At Nebraska State
Fair we were competitors.
For my show to work I had to have Franks permission since his
was the main attraction.
Knowing he was vain in regards to his drawing power as an
attraction after telling him of my conflicting acts, I said "Of
course we both know the people don't come to your show because
of a fire eater or snake charmer. They all want to see you, for
there is only one Lentini"! He certainly agreed with that
statement and as we worked in competition, we remained friends.
After completing his contractual obligations, he closed his show
and returned to the Wanous Show, where he remained until fatal
illness struck him down while traveling between towns.
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