The World Circus
Sideshow on Surf Avenue, operated by “Professor” Samuel Wagner.
Among his talent was Henry Bulson (sometimes Harry Bulsom) or,
as he was better known, Spider Boy.
Spider-Boy, could only walk on all fours, but was said to be
able to leap around with an uncanny agility.
His back story was
even more marvelous. One had him being bullied at school and
retreating to the wilds of New Jersey, where he swung on vines
like Tarzan and set traps for local game. Another had him in
jail before escaping through a narrow window with his abilities.
All of the sideshow
attractions had these weird, deep back stories; they all had
bizarre secret origins.
The Professor would
also tell the story that Spider Boy was once in love with a
showgirl and they were married. But it didn’t last and Henry
searched the crowds for her face ever since. For “The
Professor,” his Spider Boy had to be single to be interesting to
For the 35th time in
ten years Mrs. Alice Mary Bulson has left her husband,
Henry Bulson, known professionally as the "Spider Boy".
Bulson, who is
paralyzed from the waist down, developed a powerful torso and
became a vaudeville artist.
He can walk a mile
on his hands and can pull a car weighing 31 cwt. with his teeth.
Mrs. Bulson told a
New York court that during an argument her husband bit her on
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