Three-legged man Francesco Lentini, one of 12 children, was born between July 1884 and May 1889 in Rosolino, Italy. Technically, the family had 12 and a half children, as Frank had a twin conjoined brother, who was partially absorbed by Frank's body in utero.
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As a child, Francesco wanted to get rid of his extra appendages and limbs. However, doctors said it was too risky due to the proximity of the limbs to his spine. Thus, although Frank was ashamed of his body, he had to accept it, as there was simply no choice.
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The Dramatic Changes
When Frank was just 6 years old, he was occasionally encountered by a famous man Vincenzo Magnano, who was making a tour in Italy with a puppet show. Having seen the boy, Magnano decided he would be a great addition to the Barnum and Bailey Circus, so he made an offer, and the little boy could not help but accept it.
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Years Of Success
Later on, Frank spent nearly 20 seasons and 40 years with the Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Ringling Brothers Circus. Additionally, he performed in the famous Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and even managed to start his own. In Francesco's sideshow, he demonstrated his abilities, letting viewers ask personal questions. Frank had nothing to hide: his unique nature, perceived by others as a disability, became his ticket to success.
In his family life, Lentini could not have been happier, as he married a beautiful woman, Theresa Murray, with who he had four children.
Francesco Lentini even wrote a book about his life as a three-legged man. Was living such a life difficult? Most probably, it was. But the way to success is always a thorny one, and Francesco Lentini was brave enough to choose a proper life path.