Prince Randian, The Living Torso

l[1]

Prince Randian (circa 1879-1934) is best known today for his performance in the 1932 Tod Browning film Freaks. An ethnic Hindu born in British Guyana, Randian was born without arms and legs, due to a condition called tetra-amelia syndrome. He came to the U.S. in 1889 to work in sideshows and dime museums, notably that of P.T. Barnum. The multilingual performer could draw and write by holding a pencil in his mouth. He awed audiences by entering the stage crawling caterpillar fashion. For his “wow” finish he would roll, light and smoke a cigarette using only his tongue and lips. He sired five children with his wife Princess Sarah.

And now, his big scene:

Prince Randian was inducted into Coney Island USA’s Sideshow Hall of Fame in 2010.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.