Explore Sideshow Curiosities With Book of True Stories and Fascinating Acts!

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Presents Sideshow and Other Curiosities is a comprehensive crash-course in all things sideshow, with exclusive photos and expanded stories.

Sideshow and Other Curiosities

​Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Presents Sideshow and Other Curiosities goes on sale April 7, 2020, and is the most comprehensive record of traditional and modern sideshow acts.

The exclusive photos and expanded stories featured in the book’s 192 pages may be hard to believe but prove that truth is often stranger than fiction: 

  • In 1933, Robert Ripley chose human eye-popper, Avelino Perez Matos, to appear at his first Odditorium. He could bulge his eyes more than a centimeter out of their sockets, stunning audiences!
  • Rubber Man James Morris could stretch the skin on any part of his body to incredible lengths!
  • JoJo The Dog-Faced Boy, Fedor Jeftichew, was born in Russia in 1868. He exhibited the genetic condition hypertrichosis, which caused thick hair up to 8 inches long to grow all over his face.
  • Fireproof Man Kutty Singlee claimed he could not be harmed by fire and regularly took blowtorches to his bare skin—and even eyes—to prove it.

From three-legged wonder Francesco Lentini to a headless chicken that refused to die, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Presents Sideshow and Other Curiosities offers a deep dive into all things sideshow, with remarkable photos and stories.

Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Presents Sideshow and Other Curiosities will be available at major retailers and on Amazon.com on April 7. Pre-orders are now available. Review copies and further information available on request.

Images and book excerpts can be found here.



Suzanne Smagala-Potts
Public Relations Manager
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
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About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley’s Publishing is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment. More than 15 million people visit its 100-plus attractions in 11 countries each year. In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books, and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in countries around the world. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the second-largest privately held company in Canada. Learn more about Ripley’s Believe It or Not! by visiting Ripleys.com and following them on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

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Ripley Entertainment has been publishing books for almost a century, and continues to amaze and delight readers of all ages. Starting with the collection of Robert Ripley cartoons in 1929, the company has grown to publish multiple titles each year.

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