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Erik "The Lizardman" Sprague with Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow performing at Come and Take It Live in Austin, Texas on November 18, 2021. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
Named after the most successful Broadway musical and movie from the late 30’s and 40’s, Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow Revue is a world renown theatrical Rock-N-Roll circus thrill-show where some of the deadliest stunts in live entertainment are performed to loud crowd-pleasing musical tracks.

Spectators will experience one of the world’s last authentic circus sideshows with performances using the human anatomy and death defying stunts and demonstrations of mind over matter, yet with no blood and no pain.

You’ve seen them on AMC’s Freak Show, Ripley’s Believe It Not, Guinness World Records, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, America’s Got Talent and more. This vaudeville freak show of wonder features live stunts like: Fire eating & fire breathing, Straight Jacket Escape, Magic and Illusions, Bed of nails, Crossbows, The human block-head, Knife Throwing, Acrobatic Stunts, Sword Swallowing, Human oddities & curiosities like a real-live half-man who walks on his bare-hands in broken hot shards of glass on fire and more!

Erik "The Lizardman" Sprague
Erik Sprague is known professionally as the Lizardman. Sprague became famous for his heavy body modifications, including tongue bifurcation and tattooing. He regularly performs many classic sideshow acts such as the human blockhead, fire eating and breathing, gavage, sword swallowing, the bed of nails, the Human Dartboard, the cranial corkscrew, and the insectivore.

Sprague participates in many public and private flesh hook suspension groups and events, and is highly involved in the body modification community. He also writes articles on the Body Modification E-zine. His rock band, Lizard Skynard, released an album in late 2010 and performed in many tours around the world.

Sprague gained the official Guinness World Record for 'Most weight lifted and swung from the ear lobes' on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Milan, Italy. He also regularly performs with other sideshow celebrities and world record holders such as The Space Cowboy.

He is featured in many of the "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" books and TV shows. As part of his work with the company, there is a life size statue of him in many of the company's museums. Sprague has toured with The Jim Rose Circus and hosted the Jägermeister Music Tour, with bands including Disturbed, Slayer, and Slipknot.

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