Circus of Horrors // The Baths Hall



Circus of Horrors have the most ‘earie’ auction lot ever ahead of visit to The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe!

When Hannibal Hellmuerto the sword swallower from the infamous Circus of Horrors had a Vincent Van Gogh moment and cut off his earlobe he didn’t envisage selling them in auction. But that’s exactly what the performer – who is coming to The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe with the Circus of Horrors on Wednesday, 26 October – is doing!

Mr Hellmuerto had stretched his earlobes to an astonishing 62mm as part of his body modification programme (he also has a body covered in tattoos, as well as forked tongue, floating ribs & Mammoth Ivory teeth).

However as the skin got thinner around the earlobe he was worried that it would break, he tried superglue but that wore off after a while so his only course of action was to have them cut off & stitched back together. He then decided to pickle the earlobes that had been cut off and sell them at The Auction of Horrors. It is believed that this is the first time ever that a piece of a living person’s body has been sold in an auction.

Hannibal commented: & After I had the operation to remove my earlobes I always kept my ear to the ground in case an opportunity like this came up and I will be delighted for someone to take a little piece of me home with them.

It is not the first time Hannibal has been in the news, the former German Tax Inspector left his native Germany to run away and join The Circus of Horrors, however on two occasions he split his Esophagus and ended up in intensive care, the last time after attempting to swallow a lit neon tube, he then turned his hand to Hypnotism but accidentally Hypnotised himself while practising in a mirror.

Hannibal (41) commented & After the Hypnotist incident I decided to go back to Sword Swallowing, it seemed much safer. The Auction of Horrors will be held at the Elephant House in Leamington Spa on Sunday 9th October.

The Circus of Horrors visit The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe on Wednesday, 26 October with their brand new show The Neverending Nightmare. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape and performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek!

The Circus of Horrors started it’s gruesome beginnings at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became an instant hit, touring all over the world from Chile to Chatham, Argentina to Aberdeen, Japan to Jersey including festival appearances with Alice Cooper, Eminem, Motley Crue, Oasis, Iron Maiden, The Manic St Preachers, Foo Fighters and many more.

The Circus of Horrors’ appearances on various subsequent TV shows have turned what started as a cult show into a household name – taking the extreme to the mainstream. TV credits now also boast The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant & Dec, The OneShow & A Royal Command Performance.

Tickets are priced from £18 (booking fee may apply) and are on sale now. To book call The Box Office on 0844 8542776 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge). Alternatively visit the venue’s Box Office or visit

Media Quotes:-
‘The Circus of Horrors completely WOWED the audience’ The Daily Mail.
‘A Bloody Great Night Out’ The Times
‘Freaking Awesome’ The Sun
‘Bloody Good Fun – Barnum Would be proud’ Time Out
‘Circus Without A Condom’ The Telegraph
‘Bloody Marvelous’ Edinburgh Festival
‘Blood Thirsty & Burlesque’ The Independent

Published by Scunthorpe Nights

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