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Believe It Or Not! it was a great day for sideshow

When the going gets freaky, the freaks get going.

That's how it went downSaturday in Baltimore at the city's Shindig Festival.

While "normal" festivalgoers enjoyed the music of rock acts like Stone Temple Pilots and Godsmack, the weirder guests headed over to the Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Sidestage.

How strange was it? Well, how about Donny Vomit, a sword swalloer who takes the ultimate selfie. And, of course, his partner, Frankie Sin, pranced down a ladder of swords. 

 Lizardman Erik Sprague did his cranial corkscrew -- with metal twisting up his nose and out his mouth.

Melody Magpie gave Lil Bub a burlesque makeover. Titano Oddfellow, The Illustrated Penguin, Monsters of Schlock, Reverend Valentine, Bunny Vicious, Lady Octavia, and other sideshow stars took the stage. 

HuffPost Blogger and Alex Doll of Atomic Doll Productions produced the event, sponsored by Ripley's Believe It Or Not! of Baltimore. 

Enjoy these photos, and have a freaky weekend! 

  • 1 Lizardman
    Lizardman Erik Sprague has split his tongue, tattooed his body from head-to-toe and installed bumps on his forehead in his ma
    Michael Coster
    Lizardman Erik Sprague has split his tongue, tattooed his body from head-to-toe and installed bumps on his forehead in his man-to-reptile transformation. He served as master of ceremonies. 
  • 2 Jason Brott the Illustrated Penguin
    Jason Brott was born without arms and has very short legs. As "The IIllustrated Penguin,"he has become a well-known sideshow
    Kimberly Milio
    Jason Brott was born without arms and has very short legs. As "The IIllustrated Penguin,"he has become a well-known sideshow performer.
  • 3 Donny Vomit
    HuffPost hero Donny Vomit juggles chainsaws, eats fire, hammers nails up his noes, and swallows swords. He and Frankie Sin --
    Kimberly Milio
    HuffPost hero Donny Vomit juggles chainsaws, eats fire, hammers nails up his noes, and swallows swords. He and Frankie Sin -- his partner in life and on stage -- are one of the country's top sideshow duos. 
  • 4 Frankie Sin
    Frankie Sin and Donny Vomit perform as "Strange for Hire." 
    Michael Coster
    Frankie Sin and Donny Vomit perform as "Strange for Hire." 
  • 5 Melody Magpie
    Melody Magpie is a burlesque performer who performs with giant heads. 
    Michael Coster
    Melody Magpie is a burlesque performer who performs with giant heads. 
  • 6 Alex Doll and Lady Octavia
    Crystal Dunn
  • 7 Mackenzie Moltov
    Mackenzie Moltov is a sword swallower and fire eater who ihas challenged preconceptions about motherhood by <a href="https://
    Kimberly Milio
    Mackenzie Moltov is a sword swallower and fire eater who ihas challenged preconceptions about motherhood by continuing to perform while pregnant.
  • 8 Paolo Garbanzo
    Paolo Garbanzo not only received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Juggling Assocation, but he is the first A
    Maze Studio
    Paolo Garbanzo not only received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Juggling Assocation, but he is the first American in history to be an offical Jester of an English castle.
  • 9 Donny Vomit and Frankie Sin
    Kimberly Milio
  • 10 Lizardman and Melody Magpie
    Kimberly Milio
  • 11 Donny Vomit
    Maze Studio
  • 12 James Taylor and Frankie Sin
    James Taylor and Frankie Sin
    Crystal Dunn
    James Taylor and Frankie Sin
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