Pasqual Pinon

Pasqual Pinon: The Man With Two Heads

Pasqual Pinon (1889-1929) was a railroad worker from Texas. Thanks to his incredibly rare deformity, he was able to support a large family of seven with a lucrative career as a circus sideshow performer. Thanks to his promoter, many believed that Pinon was a man with two heads.

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The Story

Sells-Floto CircusAccording to the story, at the top of Pinon’s head was a second head. Back in the early 1900s, Pinon performed with the Sells Floto Circus. His so-called second head is what earned him the name “The Two-Headed Mexican.”

Features Of Pinon’s Second Head

The head was immobile. According to the claim, the head was immobile because at the age of 20, Pinon had suffered a stroke.

Its mouth was always wide open.

Its eyes showed no emotion.

The True Story

1917 portrait of Pasqual Pinon

A 1917 photograph of Pinon.

Now we are going to talk about the true story of Pinon. Although he really was a railroad worker from Texas, and a sideshow performer, he did not have an actual extra head. Instead, Pinon had an enormous benign tumor that was located at the top of his head.

Thanks to his rather unusual tumor, in 1917, he was discovered by a sideshow promoter. Although his promoter knew he would make a good sideshow freak with his massive tumor, it wasn’t enough. To make Pinon look even more bizarre, his tumor was transformed into a fake face that was made of wax. According to some reports, the face was made of silver. The reports also claim that the face was surgically placed under the skin. After years of touring with the Sells Floto Circus, Pinon’s manager decided to pay for his tumor to be removed.

Pinon certainly entertained many people as a sideshow performer. Although many believed his second head was real, it makes one wonder whether there were also skeptics who doubted his bizarre abnormality. After Pinon’s career was completed, he eventually moved back to Texas.

Is It Possible To Have Two Heads?

Yes. It is possible to have two heads. However, a case like Pinon’s is impossible. In order for someone to have two heads, the extra head would need to be located upside-down on top of the other. The condition is called craniopagus parasiticus. It is an extremely rare form of conjoined twins. This type of parasitic twinning only occurs in about 4 to 6 of 10,000,000 births. The condition involves an unequal conjoined twin head with an undeveloped body that is attached (upside-down) to the head of a twin that is developed. Unfortunately, infants with craniopagus parasiticus are usually stillborn, or they will die shortly after birth.

One Of Only Ten Cases Of Craniopagus Parasiticus

According to Wikipedia, there have only been 10 cases of craniopagus parasiticus reported in the medical research literature. What is even more rare is cases where these types of conjoined twins survive birth. Out of the 10 cases of craniopagus parasiticus, there are only 3 that have survived birth. One of the 3 cases is explained in this video on conjoined twins Manar and Islaam Maged.

A Wax Sculpture Of Pinon At The St. Petersburg Cabinet Of Curiosities

Pasqual Pinon

Pasqual Pinon” by Stanislav Kozlovskiy is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Pinon had a rare deformity that would eventually lead him to a successful career in the sideshow business. He was quite lucky to have a promoter with such a huge imagination. Pinon’s promoter did an excellent job making his extra head look real. Although his extra head was nothing more than an illusion, many were fooled into believing it was genuine. Although Pasqual Pinon was never a man with two actual heads, he will always be remembered as “The Two-Headed Mexican.”

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