The people listed below made their living as human exhibits in sideshows. Many of them were afflicted by disfiguring physical disorders and were left with no other option to support themselves. Let us start the list of sideshow freaks with the most famous of them all, the Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick.The life history of Joseph Merrick alias the Elephant Man has been the theme for films, books and theater. Therefore the Elephant Man is without a shadow of doubt the most famous human side-show freak that ever lived. His story attracted Victorian England’s sympathy and even after the passage of hundred years, his story still remains inspiring and heart wrenching.Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man was born August 6, 1863 in Leicester to Joseph Merrick and Mary Merrick. He had a younger sister and brother and was totally normal till the age of 4. In an autobiographical account which was printed on the reverse of his side-show advertisement, Joseph Merrick noted that the physical deformity initially manifested as small bumps on the right side of his body.