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Martin Joe Laurello was born Martin Emmerling in 1885 in Germany. In 1921 he came to USA, and began a career at Coney Island that spanned 35 years.

He was a contortionist whose primary skill was the ability to turn his head a full 180-degrees. With his face facing backwards, he could see directly behind him as he walked..

He was a performer at Ripley's "Believe-It-Or-Not Odditorium," Hubert's Museum, and worked in the sideshow with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Later in his career he trained both dogs and birds.

Laurello died in 1955.