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16 Horrifying Circus Photos That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Going to a circus can be both fun and interesting, but the training and meticulous practice that the circus folks have to go through is nothing but exhausting. Working with dangerous wild animals and practicing for hours, altogether perfecting their tricks, can really beat the crap out of anybody.

Here are some inside pictures depicting the terrifying things that used to happen in vintage circuses.

16 Horrifying Circus Photos That Will Haunt Your Dreams

16 Horrifying Circus Photos That Will Haunt Your Dreams

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The old wasn't all gold.

The old wasn't all gold.

1. The Roaring 40's

1. The Roaring 40's

2. The Arcoris Siblings

2. The Arcoris Siblings

The brother would throw knives at the sister, who was tied to a rotating board to entertain a crowd.

3. And this gentleman balancing over something that nearly looks like a roller coaster.

3. And this gentleman balancing over something that nearly looks like a roller coaster.

4. Mastering a trumpet is really no child's play.

4. Mastering a trumpet is really no child's play.

As you can clearly see!

5. The twisting tales

5. The twisting tales

Just wondering how flexible this woman is!

6. Robert Huddleston, A.K.A "the pony boy"

6. Robert Huddleston, A.K.A “the pony boy”

This just looks bizarre.

7. Re-creating a real life chess board.

7. Re-creating a real life chess board.

8. Playing the banjo, this way.

8. Playing the banjo, this way.

9. Sword swallowing

9. Sword swallowing

I just threw up in my mouth.

10. An elephant and dog riding a wheel.

10. An elephant and dog riding a wheel.

Thinking about the amount of practice sessions and animal violence that trick involved.

11. The ladies at swinger bars.

11. The ladies at swinger bars.

12. A congo by elephants

12. A congo by elephants

Another animal violence case

13. A terrorizing snap

13. A terrorizing snap

14. The elephant made 'picking up chicks' very easy.

14. The elephant made 'picking up chicks' very easy.

There! I made humor out of misery.

15. Spitting fire

15. Spitting fire

Still a very famous trick.

16. Snake tricks

16. Snake tricks

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