Man covered in lumps joins freakshow and feels normal for the first time
A man whose body is covered in lumps feels normal for the first time in his life after deciding to join a FREAKSHOW.
Bob Heslip, nicknamed ‘Bubble Boy’ suffers from Neurofibromatosis type 1, a gene malfunction which causes bumps to appear on his skin.
The disorder, more commonly known as NF-1, effects one in every 3,000 people and can vary in its severity.
Bob, from Tuscon in Arizona, USA, doesn’t have the option to surgically remove the tumours as there is no guarantee they won’t grow back.
A few months ago Bob, 50, visited the Venice Beach Freakshow in Los Angeles, California, with his family where he admits feeling at home.
Owner Todd Ray spoke to him about his condition and offered him a role in the show – which he accepted to raise awareness of his disorder.
Todd said: “Bob has an interesting story – he has always struggled with the so-called ‘normal’ world and has never quite been allowed to fit in.
“This has given him a unique perspective on society and when he shares his story with the audience they are touched.
“This is the ultimate goal for us at the Freakshow.
“We always try to give the audience a transformative experience that forces them to question their ideas of normal.
“When Bob removes his shirt on stage and when they hear his story, some tear up and they all applaud.”