Photos: Coney Island Circus Sideshow All-Stars

Photographs: Eric H. Brown

The freakiest freaks of Coney Island's sideshow took over the Highline Ballroom last night: A suited gentleman swallowed a sword, contortionists contorted, people threw flames, a mer-woman went topless, and an enormous tattooed dude laid down with some nails pressing into his flesh, and was all, "Oh, whatever." Click through to gape and taste their pain by proxy.