Jill and Tyler Fleet in the living room of their Harpers Ferry, W.Va., home with their dog Bandit. The head of their deceased dog Elvis is mounted above the fireplace. The late Cindora went to a taxidermist to become Spider Dog.

Jill and Tyler Fleet in the living room of their Harpers Ferry, W.Va., home with their dog Bandit. The head of their deceased dog Elvis is mounted above the fireplace. The late Cindora went to a taxidermist to become Spider Dog.

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A silver Airstream trailer in the driveway of the Fleets' home -- evidence that they're not your everyday rustic residents.

A silver Airstream trailer in the driveway of the Fleets' home -- evidence that they're not your everyday rustic residents.

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The walls of their home are lined with oddities.

The walls of their home are lined with oddities.

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For Jill Fleet -- known as Thrill Kill Jill on stage -- there's no flinching when she and her husband perform their knife-throwing act.

For Jill Fleet -- known as Thrill Kill Jill on stage -- there's no flinching when she and her husband perform their knife-throwing act.

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Jill Fleet performs her snake-charming act solo at the 2010 Sideshow Gathering in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The act involves putting two snakes' heads in her mouth.

Jill Fleet performs her snake-charming act solo at the 2010 Sideshow Gathering in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The act involves putting two snakes' heads in her mouth.

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James Taylor, wearing a pith helmet, at his booth at the Sideshow Gathering. He has run a magazine dedicated to sideshow for 15 years. Taylor once knew everyone in the business. "Now, I can barely claim I've even <i>heard </i>of all the people working the new sideshow."

James Taylor, wearing a pith helmet, at his booth at the Sideshow Gathering. He has run a magazine dedicated to sideshow for 15 years. Taylor once knew everyone in the business. "Now, I can barely claim I've even heard of all the people working the new sideshow."

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Performers with the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow, from left: Mab, Just Mab; Stephon Walker; Steve Wannall; Noelle Burk; and Lisa Oberg. Most of the troupe's members live in Maryland and the District.

Performers with the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow, from left: Mab, Just Mab; Stephon Walker; Steve Wannall; Noelle Burk; and Lisa Oberg. Most of the troupe's members live in Maryland and the District.

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Chris McDaniel demonstrates his lasso skills.

Chris McDaniel demonstrates his lasso skills.

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Crystal Marie Salazar, known as Lil Miss Firefly, at the Sideshow Gathering.

Crystal Marie Salazar, known as Lil Miss Firefly, at the Sideshow Gathering.

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As part of their act, the "conjoined" Darwin Sisters (Lisa Oberg and Noelle Burk) swallow balloons.

As part of their act, the "conjoined" Darwin Sisters (Lisa Oberg and Noelle Burk) swallow balloons.

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Tyler Fleet, right, takes the stage with Magic Brian (Brian Bielemeir) at the Gathering. Fleet is also emcee of the nine-year-old event, while wife Jill books the performers.

Tyler Fleet, right, takes the stage with Magic Brian (Brian Bielemeir) at the Gathering. Fleet is also emcee of the nine-year-old event, while wife Jill books the performers.

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Charles "Crispy" Knight at the Sideshow Gathering.

Charles "Crispy" Knight at the Sideshow Gathering.

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Coney Island Chris (Chris Allison) tees up for a trick.

Coney Island Chris (Chris Allison) tees up for a trick.

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Mab, Just Mab's act includes piles of glass.

Mab, Just Mab's act includes piles of glass.

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Straitjacket escapes are all part of the Fleets' show. The two met in 2006 and married a year later, launching their Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow a few days after that.

Straitjacket escapes are all part of the Fleets' show. The two met in 2006 and married a year later, launching their Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow a few days after that.

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The Fleets were named the Gathering's Act of the Year in 2010, a well-timed confidence booster for the couple. Several festivals they were scheduled for were canceled, and Tyler Fleet took a job as a cable technician in Chantilly.

The Fleets were named the Gathering's Act of the Year in 2010, a well-timed confidence booster for the couple. Several festivals they were scheduled for were canceled, and Tyler Fleet took a job as a cable technician in Chantilly.

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Expecting a baby in June, the couple plans to first move in with Jill's parents in Herndon while house-hunting in Northern Virginia. Then they'll settle into their Airstream trailer in the spring until they find another home. "I want to have twins so bad," Jill says. "Twins are money in show business."

Expecting a baby in June, the couple plans to first move in with Jill's parents in Herndon while house-hunting in Northern Virginia. Then they'll settle into their Airstream trailer in the spring until they find another home. "I want to have twins so bad," Jill says. "Twins are money in show business."

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