The Headless Woman illusion

Approach the Headless Girl sideshow.
See her living body, without a head.

See it now.
She is... still alive.
Believe it or not.

Read the sideshow banner.
She is Olga - The Headless Girl
.

Her name is Teena the Headless Lady.
She is Alive!
She is
Entertaining.
Interesting.
Mystifying.
Kept alive by magical science.
You must SEE this scientific wonder!

She moves. She breathes. She lives!

Her name is Mademoiselle Yvette,
The Headless Lady.
Alive and human. 

Here's her inventor, the German refugee
Professor
Egon "Dutch"
Heineman,
exhibiting her as Olga the Headless Lady,
in Blackpool England in the late 1930s. 

Here she is at the Iowa State Fair.

And here she is in Victorian dress,
with decolletage.
 
If you're fully intrigued,
you can buy The Headless Lady
from a magic catalog,
and create your own sideshow.
Or you can watch her right now.

3 comments:

  1. "If I present, at monumental cost, a lady fair whose head was lost while crossing railroad tracks to pick some zinnias. Who eats Farina through a hose and wears pink tights instead of clothes, if that ain't worth a buck my name ain't Phinias!"

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  2. Thanks, Ed!

    I did not know P. T. Barnum was talking about her. Ed's quote is from the 1980's musical "Barnum," with lyrics by theater veteran Michael Stewart:

    There is a sucker born every minute
    Each time the second hand sweeps to the top
    Like dandelions up they pop,
    Their ears so big, their eyes so wide.
    And though I feed ‘em bonafide baloney
    With no truth in it
    Why you can bet I’ll find some rube to buy my corn.
    ‘Cause there’s a sure-as-shooting sucker born a minute,
    And I’m referrin’ to the minute you were born.

    Each blessed hour brings sixty of ‘em
    Each time the wooden cuckoo shows his face
    Another sucker takes his place,
    And plunks his quarter on the line
    To buy my brand of genuine malarkey.
    God bless and love ‘em!
    But don’t feel sad or hoppin’ mad or cause a scene
    ‘Cause there’s a sure-as-shooting sucker born a minute,
    But Ma’am you mighta been the minute in between.

    If I allow that right here in my hands
    The smallest living human man
    The sight of that is surely worth a dime
    If I present an educated pooch
    Who’s trained to dance the hoochie cooch
    What better way to waste a bit of time
    If I imported monumental cost
    A lady, fair, whose head was lost
    While crossing railroad tracks to pick some zinnias
    Who eats farina through a hose
    And wears pink tights instead of clothes
    If that ain’t worth a buck my name ain’t Phineas

    Aw you say that’s hogwash well who cares
    You’ll buy my hog was long as...

    There’s a sucker born every minute
    Each time the second hand sweeps to the top
    Like dandelions up they pop,
    Their ears so big, their eyes so wide.
    And though my tale is bona fide baloney,
    Just let me spin it,
    And ain’t no man who can resist me wait and see
    ‘Cause there’s a sure-as-shooting sucker born a minute,
    And friends the biggest one excluding none is me!

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  3. James E. Strates had one as well, she was called "Headless Dottie" Scared the crap out of me when I was 8 at the Central Florida Fair in 1972....as did Bill Durks, the man with three eyes and two noses. I still have the pictures i bought back then.

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