Martin Laurello was born in 1889 and came to the United States from Germany in the early 1920s. Laurello used to perform for crowds at the coney Island Dreamland circus sideshow, the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey show.
He also got the chance to appear at Ripley’s believe It or Not in 1930s. Ripley advertised him as ‘ the only one in the world who can walk straight ahead and look straight behind.’
Laurello’s turning neck earned him as much as $50 a week. The exact cause of how he could turn his head is not known, but he claimed that spent three years slowly twisting his head further and further.