COUNT ORLOFF -The
Wladislaus von Dziarski-Orloff (1864-1904) was billed (among
other things) as the Transparent Man, or the Human Window Pane.
In addition to
completely atrophied limbs, he had skin you could see through,
showing all the blood vessels at work. It was also said that you
could shine a light through him. Born in Budapest, he enjoyed a
normal childhood, but then began wasting away at age 14.
caused him great pain, for which he took opium, which became a
kind of trademark. He was frequently also billed incorrectly as
an ossified man, but rather than being stiff, immobile and
Jonathan R. Bass,
he was bendable as though he had no bones, something of an
opposite condition. After being exhibited in medical schools in
Europe, he toured the U.S. with his own sideshow.
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