Ronnie and Donnie
Ronnie and Donnie
are the only Siamese twins exhibiting. They are now in South
America. Rejected by their mother at birth, their father took
care of them and still manages their affairs. One of the twins
has the rectum and the other one has the urinary system.
One is slightly larger than his brother. There have been times
that Wesley has had to break up disputes between them, for
although they are physically joined together, their opinions
sometimes differ. They enjoy going to movies, which for them
means drive-in theater. They occasionally eat in restaurants.
Avid sports fans, they enjoy playing baseball and fishing. They
also enjoy TV sports. Primarily they have appeared in their
family owned show, but for the past several years they have been
the center ring stars with a large circus in Mexico and South
America presenting a magic act apparently changing girls into
Our show worked many of the same fairs with the Gaylons. I have
spent many happy hours with them and enjoyed the delicious meals
prepared by their stepmother, Mary. One year when we had two wax
museums alongside their show at Plant City, Florida with Blue
Grass Shows, carnival owner Jim Murphy asked me why they grossed
less money than our shows. I explained it was because they were
undoubtedly the greatest carnival attraction. Customers would
spend a lot of time looking at the boys, thereby the capacity of
their show was limited, while customers would look at our wax
figures, say "Oh Shit" and leave, making room for others.
The twins were born in Dayton, Ohio, October 28, 1951. They are
joined at the end of the breastbone by a cartilage, and are
connected from this point to the abdomen. They share a common
navel, descending colon, one bladder and one set of male organs.
Doctors explain that such a birth incident could happen to any
normal parents; it happens only once in a million births. Ronnie
and Donnie have four brothers and three sisters, all completely
Fraternal twins result from the fertilization of two eggs which
can be two boys, two girls, or a boy and a girl. Identical twins
result from the fertilization of one egg which splits in two,
creating two children alike. Siamese twins occur when the
fertilized egg fails to complete its split.
The Gaylon twins spent the first 20 months of their life in
hospitals undergoing X-rays, testing and observation to
determine that separation was impossible. They learned to walk
at 29 months with a
sideward glide. Together they have learned many normal
activities. They enjoy hunting and fishing and love to play
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