Jose de Leon

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Jose was from Mexico and performed in the 1940's and 1950's as an "Armless Marvel," though in actuality he had thalidomide-like misshapen arms without hands. He kept these hidden beneath flowing shirts except in his earliest portraits. On a postcard written to his friend Larry Benner, ventriloquist, magician and flea circus operator, he wrote his full name as "Asencion H. De Leon" and his address as "E. Carranza #10, Pachuca, Heo., Mexico"