Tocci Brothers Ad


From the New York Clipper, Nov. 1892



Great and Only Living

Two Headed Boy, Tocci,

Who is absolutely the greatest living wonder in the whole world.

A very broad assertion, but an acknowledged fact, conceded by all the leading doctors and scientists of the whole universe. Both heads are highly educated. Both heads eat, drink and sleep, not as one person, but as two separate and distinct people. A direct contradiction of all internal laws, two distinct individuals, with separate tastes and desires. Handsome, intellig
ent and entertaining under the management of Mr. Frank Uffner.

Courtesy of Marc Hartzman,

author of the upcoming book,

American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History's Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers


The Tocci brothers Giacomo and Giovanni Battista were born in northern Italy on October 4, 1877. The children were separate above the waist, and shared an abdomen, pelvis, and legs. The Royal Academy of Medicine in Turin received the brothers from their parents when they were just one month old they were studied, exhibited and became well-known throughout Europe and the United States. They were known as the the "Two-Headed Boy."

The brothers never learned to walk and need assistance. Like other conjoined twins, the Tocci brother, each controlled only one leg, and they never were able to coordinate their movements. They were able to write and were very talented.. After twenty difficult years touring, They married sisters and lived another forty-three years in seclusion. The twins retired to a secluded home near Venice, Italy.

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