Best Sideshow Duo

Tyler Fyre and Thrill Kill Jill
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

The sword-swallowing, fire-eating, carnival world isn’t the most stable environment in which to build a marriage. But Tyler Fyre and Thrill Kill Jill (really Tyler and Jill Fleet) somehow manage to defy death while upholding until-death-do-us-part. The West Virginia-based pair met on Valentine’s Day 2006; exactly one year later, a Vegas Elvis impersonator tied their knot. Now, they tour the country together in a 1973 Airstream trailer as the Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow, stopping monthly for sold-out shows at hometown haunt the Palace of Wonders. The Fleets manage to keep some spice in their two-year relationship: Tyler eats fire; Jill charms snakes; Tyler drops 19 steel blades into a sarcophagus while Jill contorts her body inside. But even when Tyler’s not carving a watermelon off Jill’s bare belly with a chainsaw, the two are still each other’s main attraction. Recently, the pair’s at least picked up a safer activity to share together: taxidermy. “We’re starting with what we’ve got handy,” says Jill. “So right now, we’re big into squirrels.”

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