Weird History

11 Horrifying & Extremely Dangerous Circus Attractions From History

There is a reason that circuses and sideshows make their appearance every Halloween, and star in everything from horror movies to a season of American Horror Story: circuses are creepy. Old-fashioned circuses were also often dangerous, even dehumanizing, places to work. Acrobats, trapeze artists, sword swallowers, and others sometimes died during performances, while other creepy old circus attractions, like displays of oddities and human zoos, are considered to be completely unethical today. Read through this list of some of most deadly and disturbing circus acts from history.