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Wonders: Eddie Masher was known as skeleton dude for his appearance and Prince Randian (right) who was born without arms or legs but was incredibly self-sufficient and able to shave, paint, write and even roll cigarettes
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Prince Randian http://i.imgur.com/grxUiJD.jpg Prince Randian was born without any limbs in British Guiana in 1871. He wore a tight-fitting costume that made him look like a caterpillar and could roll a cigarette with his lips.
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Prince Randian (1871-1934) Born in British Guyana, Randian was discovered by P.T. Barnum in 1889, and he toured American sideshows in the 1930s as the Living Torso, “the human caterpillar who crawls on his belly like a reptile.” In reality Randian could shave, write, paint, and roll cigarettes unaided. He spoke English, German, French, and Hindi and was reportedly a skilled carpenter, joking that he would someday build his own house. He married and fathered four children and lived to age...
Prince Randian, whose real name has been lost to history, was born in Demarara, British Guyana, in 1871.
Eddys – Prince Randian – Canada (1930)
Prince Randian, the living torso. Prince Randian, whose real name has been lost to history, was born in Demarara, British Guyana, in 1871, the child of British Indian slaves. He was brought to the United States in the 1890s to appear in freak shows, where he demonstrated the ease and facility with which he could shave, write, paint, and roll cigarettes - all without arms or legs.
Freaks (1932) Prince Randian, The Living Torso Lights a Cigarette