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Manzano The Mesmeriz ing ed

Not Fire

Nor Poison

Nor Sword

Nor Lash

Can Keep

This Man

In His Grave!


Watch As

He Cheats

The Grim



Your Very


Like the Wandering Jew and other vile wretches before him, The Indestructible Man has been barred from the Gates of Heaven for his unspeakable blasphemy, forced to forever walk this Fallen Earth. Watch in amazement as he endures torment after torment in a vain effort to finally shuffle off his mortal coil!
7 PM this Friday in Gorky Park.
One show, One chance! Come one, come all!

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The following is a page from a publication entitled To the Circus Born: Herman Fuller's Menagerie of Freaks. The identities of neither publisher nor author have been established, and scattered pages have been found inserted into Circus-themed books in libraries across the world. The person or persons behind this dissemination are unknown.

Manzano the Mesmerizinged

Manzano joined up way back in the late sixties. He called himself a mentalist, but he didn’t have any magic himself. He just owned a pocket watch that let him hypnotize whoever he wanted – and I mean really hypnotize, as in turn anything he said into a memetic compulsion. If he had been smart about it, he could have really made something of himself with that little beauty.

He wasn’t smart though, and Essie was onto him like a Fun-Lover on a sugar-soaked sex swing. That’s how he ended up with us. Fuller stuck him in the Hall of Humans Extraordinaire as a hypnotist, albeit on the specific condition that he didn’t call attention to the fact that he was fleecing the customers, and that he never use his watch on any of Fuller’s employees without his specific permission. Manzano was a sleaze though, and saw no issue with using that dandy watch of his to entice pretty young ladies to his bunk.

But you know who did see an issue with it? Icky – or Veronica, I guess I should say. She was just a young magician back then, but the best act in the Hall hands down. The first time she catches him using the watch on a girl, she breaks the spell with a flick of her wand and threatens to ring Manzano through the taffy press if she catches him doing it again.

Manzano stomps off straight to Fuller, of course expecting him to take his side. Now, at no point in his life could Fuller ever have been described as a gentleman or a progressive, but before he went completely off the deep end, he knew it was important to keep his top talent happy. Plus – and not everyone will agree with me on this – if Fuller ever had a soft spot for anyone, it was for Icky.

Fuller tells Manzano that so long as Veronica is the most popular act in the Hall, what she says goes. Manzano briefly considered out-staging her, but his hopes on that front were dashed pretty quickly. That’s when he decided he just needed an opportunity to get her under the influence of his watch.
Like I said, he wasn’t smart.

Never mind the fact that he’d be going against a direct order from Fuller, never mind that Veronica’s one of the few non-Freaks that Manny would stick his neck out for; Icky is fucking terrifying. Sure, maybe slightly less so before the whole monster Clown thing, but the girl’s never been helpless.

Now, the way the watch worked was that Manzano needed his subject to follow it with their eyes for at least a few swings before they started to fall under his control, and he was at least smart enough to realize he’d be lucky to get one swing in before Veronica decked him out with her cards. But that was only when she was sober. Everyone knew Veronica smoked reefer – as we called it then – and it wasn’t hard to tell when she was completely baked. So Manzano, he just waited until one night when Veronica started going off on a spacey, incoherent ramble, and then followed her out when she ran off for the food stalls last call.

He catches up with her and strikes up some small talk, idly fiddling with the watch so as not to draw attention. She’s pretty high, so she doesn’t really clue in, and eventually she just spaces out. That’s when Manzano cautiously started to swing the watch, holding it where she can get a good look at it. Lo and behold, she just naturally starts following it with her eyes and starts sinking into an entranced state. With a smug smirk, Manzano orders her to sleep, per his usually test command.

Instead, she snaps right back to her full senses. The effect wasn’t strong enough to control her, but it was enough to alert her to what he was trying to do, and boy was she pissed. She swats the watch out his hand, tackles him to the ground and starts strangling him. He tries to get her off, and even though by all logic he should be stronger than her, he just can’t seem to manage it.

All this commotion of course attracts an audience, including Fuller. He sees what’s going on, spots the watch on the ground, and surmises what happened pretty quick. He scoops up the watch, saunters over to the two of them, dangling it by its shiny chain.


The following is a page from a publication entitled To the Circus Born: Herman Fuller's Menagerie of Freaks. The identities of neither publisher nor author have been established, and scattered pages have been found inserted into Circus-themed books in libraries across the world. The person or persons behind this dissemination are unknown.

Manzano the Mesmerizinged

“Miss Mason, I suggest you close your eyes,” he says as he starts swinging the watch. “Mr. Manzano, I suggest you keep yours open, that is if you hope to walk away from this with your life."

Both do as they’re told, but you can see the horror on Manzano’s face as he falls under the power of his own watch. The compulsion Fuller gave him was simple; for the rest of his life he was to obey any order anyone ever gave him, with Fuller, Manny, and Icky being given priority in that order, and with newer orders superseding older ones.

That’s been his act ever since, just doing whatever crazy thing people bark at him to do. It’s a decent enough sideshow to justify his bread, and sometimes we use him for stuff no one else wants to do. To the best of my knowledge, Fuller kept the watch, but if he ever used it on anyone he wasn’t open about it, and I have no idea what happened to it after he got the boot.

Icky was immediately placated by the arrangement, Manzano losing his agency as punishment for trying to take hers. She treated him like a dog at first, but over time eventually lost interest in tormenting him. She’s never forgiven him though. I mean, Fuller’s gone, and I know Manny wouldn’t override her if she just ordered Manzano to leave.

But he’s still there, in the Hall of Humans Extraordinaire, helplessly making a fool of himself until he finally kicks the bucket.



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