Professor Charles Xavier had arrived and taken control of the angry mob's minds, programming them all to remember Kurt dying in the fire.
Circus audiences assumed that he was a normal-looking human being wearing a demon-like costume.
As he got older, Kurt's abilities drew less and less of a crowd until one day, Herr Getmann could no longer afford to keep him sedated between acts and decided to sell him.
Just as he was about to kill Getmann, Father Wagner reminded Kurt of his humanity.
With the tides turned, Getmann and his men took aim to kill both Kurt and the Father but were frozen.
Then the villagers of Winzeldorf, who assumed him to be a demon who was responsible for the child killings, discovered Wagner.
They were about to kill him, when they were all psionically paralyzed by Professor Xavier, who had come to recruit Wagner into the X-Men.Word spread of her and the baby's condition and mother and son were chased by a torch-wielding angry mob.Mystique passed out and left young Kurt Wagner floating down a river during her escape.Getmann and his men chased Kurt through the forest and were about to shoot him in the face when he teleported for the first time.Astonished and pleased with his escape, Kurt wearily made his way to the nearby Father Wagner's church.He has a prehensile tail, approximately 3'6" long, which could support his own weight.