count orloff - the transparent man (1864-1904)
Ivannow Wladislaus von Dziarski-Orloff was born in Hungary in 1864. His skin was paper thin and his musculature so atrophied that – with the aid of a bright spotlight – spectators could actually see the blood coursing through his veins. Not only that, but when a bright light was placed behind Orloff, the warm glow could actually been seen from the other side.
[Some promoters claimed] that a person could read a newspaper through the body of Orloff. Orloff was known primarily as “The Transparent Man”, but later in life he adopted the moniker of “The Human Window Pane”. Eventually he went into business for himself – he owned his own successful sideshow.