I love having the opportunity to explore more of the circus/carnival/freak show that is the Grimm Bros Circus. Many of the characters that live within the circus are based in large, or small part, on actual performers from days past.
The Grimm Bros character, Maestro
is based upon side show performer Johnny Eck. Eck, born John Eckhardt, Jr. was an American freak show/artist performer born with the appearance that he was missing the lower half of his torso. Eck is best known today for his role in Tod Browning's 1932 cult classic film. Read more here