THE TOCCI TWINS – The Blended Brothers

September 15, 2006
Comments (13)
  1. Chris W. says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog recently. This is fascinating stuff you got here!

    When I came across this entry, I couldn’t help but wonder if you’ve heard of a current example of this kind of conjoining. The surname of the twins in question is Hensel. There are videos of Abigail and Brittany Hensel on YouTube and elsewhere on the net. I did a blog piece on them because I thought they were fascinating and inspiring. the piece is here:

  2. J. Tithonus Pednaud says:

    I have indeed heard of the sisters and, in fact, I was even contacted by the producers of their recent special for some historical references.

    They are not covered on this site for many reasons. First and foremost, they have never exhibited themselves for profit and are well represented in current media.

  3. Anna says:

    They never learned to walk. they had the opertunity to but they traveled so much the never learned.

  4. farah :) says:

    cool!this is very interesting.

  5. Kristine says:

    Thank you for portraying these extraordinary individuals with dignity and respect.

  6. Great post! Just wanted to let you know you have a new subscriber- me!

  7. marc manders says:

    Thanks for putting up some history on the Tocci twins… Just a bit more history on them, From my Circus family.
    Please note, im glad things have changed in the 21st century for disfigured souls, they are still people, heart and soul.
    Now P.T Burnum (circus) Brought the twins to america and England, and were excibites.
    Now My Family The Manders Wax work Menangies circus 1885, took control of the Tocci twins in the late 1800s,they were also known as The Double bodied Boy, I have a loverly posted from that period, dating about 1885, on the poster ” Strange and Curious People”, plus wax work figure of history… a good book to check out, about the Tocci twins, but mainly about the Manders wax work menagies shows, but does give an insight to there life in the circus limelight. “Manders shows & menageries” by Kevin Scrivens & Stephen Smith, Through the “The Fairground Society”, any further in about the manders family or the tocci twin, contact

  8. marc mander says:

    Sorry just another note from me about The Tocci Twins, Just read the info on the site, should have read before senting the other email.
    It notes in the script that there date of birth id unknown, Well on the Circus posted i have, which is dated 1885, the part on the poster relating to them, Say The Tocci Twins or Doubled bodied boy, now aged 10 years old, So DOB 1875.
    HOPE THIS HELPS. Marc Manders (8TH Generation of the Manders family.

  9. Manders relation says:

    If this is of interest, I have the exact Waxwork poster details…

    Waxwork And American Museum of Strange and Curious People (Mr John Manders)

    Just added in the museum department, the greatest curiosity of the present day.

    TOCCI, The Twin Brothers, or Double Bodied Boy, a native of Florence, in Italy; is now about Ten years of age; brought into this country by P. T. Barnium and Exhibited by him at the Plympia, London. On view daily at Manders’Great Show, free of extra charge.

    Posted by great, great grandson of John Manders.

  10. Christina says:

    Surely it is possible that one twin died, whilst the other remained alive due to the fact that they had separate organs?

  11. Susan says:

    Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve visited this site before but
    after browsing through some of the posts I realized it’s
    new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely pleased I came across it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back regularly!

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