Deformities have always existed in human beings, some more curious than others, as is the case of Pascual Piñon, a two-headed Mexican who lived in the 19th century.
Pascual worked in a mine, although he lived there rather than work, his neighbors would not let him go out because they considered him a dark creature that attracted bad luck.
This man suffered from a huge benign tumor located on his head on his forehead. The doctors did not agree on what the second head of Pascual was, some said it was a congenital malformation called “cranioencephalic duplication”, others spoke of a pregnancy with monozygotic twins, that is to say that the second face is of a brother who is early stage failure.
While working on railroad restoration in Texas, Pascual wore a turban in the oriental way to prevent his malformation from showing. The depression took its toll on Pascual’s life and in a satirical attempt, he created an alter ego to deal with the ridicule of everyone who knew him. It was about Maria, his faithful companion, a feminine head that followed him everywhere. To make the situation even more real, he painted a pair of eyes and a mouth on the bump.
The eyes of the world saw with amazement and horror how the Mexican carried himself everywhere with his enormous protuberance; however, Pascual’s fate would take an unexpected turn. One afternoon in 1917, after work hours, a businessman approached the tracks and asked for the two-headed man.
The entrepreneur was John Shideler, the owner of the Sells-Floto Circus, a well-known circus show at the time in the United States. In search of new acts and authentic numbers, Shideler heard about a misshapen presence in South Texas. He chatted with Pascual and convinced him to join the circus as a phenomenon.
It was then that Piñón began his work in the circus, where his fame grew like foam after presenting himself with a false face, in the show they presented Pasqual as a man with two heads.
After more than 6 years in the circus, touring the world from top to bottom, Piñón again fell into an existential crisis and spoke with Shideler about the possibility of retiring prematurely. The number of “The Mexican with Two Heads” and all the expressions of horror ended up taking their toll and the owner of the circus, grateful for his service, reached an agreement with him and financed a surgical operation to remove the bulge on his head. From then on, Pascual was able to lead a normal life without attracting attention.
The tumor that was removed affected his brain and in 1929 he died as a result of complications derived from its removal.