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American Sideshow

An Encyclopedia of History's Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers

Author: Marc Hartzman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781585425303

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 291

View: 6338

Profiles some two hundred lesser-known figures from the heyday of the American sideshow, tracing the lives of such individuals as legless acrobat Eli Bowen, four-legged woman Myrtle Corbin, and "human torso" Prince Randian, in an account of the rise and fall of sideshows and how advances in modern medicine have enabled voluntary body changes. Reprint.

Carny Folk

The World's Weirdest Sideshow Acts

Author: Francine Hornberger

Publisher: Citadel Press

ISBN: 9780806526614

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 221

View: 1329

The general public has been fascinated by Human Oddities' for centuries. This insatiable curiosity continues right through to today where this fascination can be sated by Carny Folk. In this book readers can discover people like Atasha the Gorilla Girl, Combustible Kira, Otis the Frog Boy and over forty other legendary sideshow acts. From PT Barnum's albinos and 'Siamese twins' to the new generation of 'carny kids', this captivating anthology pulls back the curtain on many of the most famous side show celebrities of all time.'

Circus and Carnival Ballyhoo

Sideshow Freaks, Jaggers and Blade Box Queens

Author: A. W. Stencell

Publisher: E C W Press

ISBN: 9781550228809

Category: History

Page: 391

View: 8996

From Lentini the three-legged man and Siamese twins to equipment caravans and big top architects, this captivating collection lifts the striped curtain to reveal the larger-than-life world of circuses, carnivals, and freak shows in post-World War II America. Copious never-before-seen photographs, in-depth historical research, and insightful interviews with former sideshow employees illustrate the development of the circus sideshow, the roles of key groups—the freaks, working acts, managers, talkers—and the importance of the grift.

The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

Author: Gerald L. Smith,Karen Cotton McDaniel,John A. Hardin

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813160677

Category: Reference

Page: 684

View: 5710

The story of African Americans in Kentucky is as diverse and vibrant as the state's general history. The work of more than 150 writers, The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia is an essential guide to the black experience in the Commonwealth. The encyclopedia includes biographical sketches of politicians and community leaders as well as pioneers in art, science, and industry. Kentucky's impact on the national scene is registered in an array of notable figures, such as writers William Wells Brown and bell hooks, reformers Bessie Lucas Allen and Shelby Lanier Jr., sports icons Muhammad Ali and Isaac Murphy, civil rights leaders Whitney Young Jr. and Georgia Powers, and entertainers Ernest Hogan, Helen Humes, and the Nappy Roots. Featuring entries on the individuals, events, places, organizations, movements, and institutions that have shaped the state's history since its origins, the volume also includes topical essays on the civil rights movement, Eastern Kentucky coalfields, business, education, and women. For researchers, students, and all who cherish local history, The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia is an indispensable reference that highlights the diversity of the state's culture and history.

Freak show

sideshow banner art

Author: Carl Hammer,Gideon Bosker

Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc

ISBN: 9780811807074

Category: Art

Page: 96

View: 7082

Step right up! The show's about to begin with this mesmerizing, full color collection of outrageous banners from the heyday of traveling circus sideshows. See the giant Alaskan king crab! Marvel at the Bearded Lady! Look, if you dare, at the Dog-Faced Boy! Watch the Woman Changing to Stone! Circus sideshows from the turn of the century through the 1950s boasted unbelievable "freaks of nature," incredible transformations, and death defying acts—and the brazen banners that drew in the crowds were as colorful and intriguing as the lurid attractions themselves. For collectors and nostalgia buffs, as well as the merely curious, Freak Show celebrates this unique American commercial folk art phenomenon with vivid photographs of authentic banners highlighting the genre's most memorable examples, the artists who created them, and the unusual people and bizarre creatures they immortalized.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything

A Collection of Fascinating Historical, Scientific and Cultural Trivia about People, Places and Things

Author: Mark Jacob,Stephan Benzkofer

Publisher: Agate Publishing

ISBN: 1572847999

Category: Humor

Page: 352

View: 9405

“Guaranteed to make you the smartest person in the room! One problem: you can’t stop reading this clever, amazing assortment of upscale trivia.” —Bill Kurtis, cohost of Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! For years, the Chicago Tribune’s popular weekly column 10 Things You Might Not Know has been entertaining readers while informing them on a diverse range of fascinating subjects. 10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything is a carefully curated collection of these columns, presented in a fun, easy-to-read format. This book provides well-researched, obscure facts on a variety of topics such as arts, culture, money, food, politics, war, science, technology, language, and more. 10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything contains a plethora of surprising trivia and pertinent tidbits that will appeal to everyone, from history buffs to sports fans to foodies. From amusing, lighthearted topics, such as misspellings and extreme eating, to more serious subjects, such as World War II and prison, this collection of carefully researched and universally appealing trivia will make readers laugh and their jaws drop. This book leaves readers brighter, wittier, and more curious about a myriad of subjects they may have never encountered before.

God Made Me Do It

True Stories of the Worst Advice the Lord Has Ever Given His Followers

Author: Marc Hartzman

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 140223614X

Category: Humor

Page: 288

View: 9026

Does God, in His infinite wisdom, convince people to get rid of their car insurance? Does He encourage cannibalism? Does the God of more than six billion people actually have time to root for the Minnesota Vikings? According to some, yes. How do they know? God told them. Luckily, God also told Marc Hartzman to write this book, a collection of the most shocking, absurd, and hilarious things people have ever claimed God asked them to do, and to present them for your pure reading enjoyment. Including: The man that God told to perform surgery on himself God's generous offer to miraculously fill his believer's gas tank The fateful day God (assumedly feeling nostalgic for his teen years) asked a man to TP a police station The woman God instructed to direct traffic—topless And, sadly, many more

The Darwin Effect

It's influence on Nazism, Eugenics, Racism, Communism, Capitalism & Sexism

Author: Jerry Bergman

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 0890518378

Category: Religion

Page: 360

View: 8134

Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, an imprisoned doctor in the Auschwitz camp, wrote that Nazi doctors hoped studying twins would solve the problem of faster reproduction of superior races. Nazis hoped to have each German mother bear as many twins as possible.What Darwin influenced went far beyond the Nazi death camps: Shocking political, social, and scientific legacies of Darwin and his familyDisturbing disclosure of how over 45 million Christians were killed in the 20th century because of their faithRevealing and layman-friendly presentation. This book is the result of 30 years of research and study carefully documenting the common destructive threads that tie some of history’s most murderous dictators, uncaring capitalists, and aggressive social activists to the flawed concepts of Charles Darwin in an effort to change the world — and how they succeeded. The extermination of races considered “lower” than others, the profound lack of empathy for less-advanced cultures, the corrupted atheistic justifications for taking the lives of millions — all done to advance the agendas of social Darwinism at work in the world today. More than mere theoretical discussions, we have seen the horrifying evidence of the practical results when applying these destructive and misleading concepts to society in the last 100 years!


the power of mythic symbolism in popular culture

Author: Marcel Danesi

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 9780230610682

Category: Psychology

Page: 180

View: 4905

This book delves into the reasons why pop culture, and all of its “X-Rated” features, are so appealing to masses of people, even though they may hate to love it.


We Who Are Not As Others

Author: Daniel P Mannix

Publisher: eNet Press

ISBN: 1618867571


Page: 245

View: 5488

A noir classic about the era of the sideshow when freaks were the star attraction — respected and revered by other carnival members. Their stories are frankly and tenderly told by an author who lived and worked as a carny.

Freak Show

Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit

Author: Robert Bogdan

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226063126

Category: History

Page: 322

View: 8917

Traces the history of freak shows, describes the deceptions used in marketing carnival attractions, and looks at changing public attitudes

Sideshow U.S.A.

Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination

Author: Rachel Adams

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226005393

Category: History

Page: 289

View: 9264

Adams's study concludes with a revealing look at the revival of the freak show as live performance in the late 1980s and the 1990s. Celebrated by some, the freak show's recent return is less welcome to those who have traditionally been its victims. At the beginning of a new century, Adams sees it as a form of living history, a testament to the vibrancy and inventiveness of American popular culture, as well as its capacity for cruelty and injustice.

The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton

A True Story of Conjoined Twins

Author: Dean Jensen

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0307814777

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 880

The lives and loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton follows the poignant life story of twin sisters who were literally joined at the hip, set against the tumultuous backdrop of America during the first half of the 20th century. Daisy and Violet and an unforgettable cast of show-business characters come alive on the pages of this carefully researched and sensitively written biography. Reviews "Jensen's book is a testament to the fickleness of the entertainment world." -Tampa Bay Tribune "It is an affecting story, gently and honestly told without frills, without sensation. In Jensen's hands, the twins are always human, individuals, never freaks joined at the hips as the world saw them after their birth in 1908. . . Here, their story is pure." -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The American Traveling Carnival

Author: Kenneth Miller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615905648


Page: 28

View: 2804

"The American Traveling Carnival" in monograph, describes the genesis of a unique form of entertainment. The World's Columbian Exposition, of 1893 in Chicago served as the jumping off point for all American traveling carnivals to come.

Ward Hall - King of the Sideshow!

Author: Tim O'Brien

Publisher: Casa Flamingo Literary Arts

ISBN: 9780974332437

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 262

View: 6347

Ward Hall ran across town and joined the circus for a part time gig in 1944 when he was a "kid" living in Colorado. A year later, as a 15 year old 10th grade dropout, he ran away for good, joining the Dailey Bros. Circus. He never looked back. By 16 he was performing in a sideshow and by age 21, he owned a sideshow! Today, 70 years later and countless circus and side show, vaudeville and burlesque house performances under his belt, Ward Hall is still in the business. Ward has worked with a monkey girl, a half-lady/half man, numerous fat men, countless sword swallowers, fire eaters, several giants, big snakes, big rats and little horses. He has mastered juggling, ventriloquism and the art of enticing thousands of curious onlookers to part with their money and go inside the tent of his world-famous sideshows. Ward has owned and operated sideshows, animal shows, magic shows, and illusion shows with such fashionable names as Magic on Parade; Wondercade: Aquarama water circus; Gladiators vs. Mankillers wild animal show; World Attractions; Sky High Circus; the Wonder Circus; the Pygmy Village; and the World of Wonders. He has exhibited the World's smallest woman, the World's tallest giant, and employed Pete Terhune, the mighty fire-eating dwarf for 55 years. In addition to owning or co-owning sideshows and circuses during his career, Ward has written four books, four musical stage productions, been in seven movies and more than 100 videos and TV specials, performed at Madison Square Garden and the Lincoln Center in New York City and has sung at Carnegie Hall. He is in the Hall of Fame of both the Outdoor Amusement Business Assoc. and the International Independent Showmen's Assoc. and is a member of the prestigious Circus Ring of Fame in Sarasota, Fla. Ward is the only person in all three of those halls of honor. Ward has operated the sideshow for many big time circuses, including: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Toby Tyler Circus, the Al G. Miller Circus, Circus Vargas (where he was part owner of the circus for a while), Beatty Cole, and the E.K. Fernandez Circus. Ward Hall's title of King of the Sideshows is not a new or recent act of coronation, and as the ruler of his own little world of misfits and human anomalies, Ward's title isn't self-awarded, but is a judgment rendered by his peers. The year 2014 is the King's 70th year anniversary in show business. This is his story.

Hubert's Freaks

The Rare-Book Dealer, the Times Square Talker, and the Lost Photos of Diane Arbus

Author: Gregory Gibson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156033084

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 282

View: 744

Traces the efforts of Bob Langmuir to authenticate photographs he discovered in the Hubert's Museum archives that he believed to be prints by a legendary photographer.

The Greatest Shows on Earth

A History of the Circus

Author: Linda Simon

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780233981

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 6895

“Step right up!” and buy a ticket to the Greatest Show on Earth—the Big Top, containing death-defying stunts, dancing bears, roaring tigers, and trumpeting elephants. The circus has always been home to the dazzling and the exotic, the improbable and the impossible—a place of myth and romance, of reinvention, rebirth, second acts, and new identities. Asking why we long to soar on flying trapezes, ride bareback on spangled horses, and parade through the streets in costumes of glitter and gold, this captivating book illuminates the history of the circus and the claim it has on the imaginations of artists, writers, and people around the world. Traveling back to the circus’s early days, Linda Simon takes us to eighteenth-century hippodromes in Great Britain and intimate one-ring circuses in nineteenth-century Paris, where Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso became enchanted with aerialists and clowns. She introduces us to P. T. Barnum, James Bailey, and the enterprising Ringling Brothers and reveals how they created the golden age of American circuses. Moving forward to the whimsical Circus Oz in Australia and to New York City’s Big Apple Circus and the grand spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, she shows how the circus has transformed in recent years. At the center of the story are the people—trick riders and tightrope walkers, sword swallowers and animal trainers, contortionists and clowns—that created the sensational, raucous, and sometimes titillating world of the circus. Beautifully illustrated and filled with rich historical detail and colorful anecdotes, The Greatest Shows on Earth is a vibrant history for all those who have ever dreamed of running away to the circus.

A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities

Author: Jan Bondeson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393318920

Category: Medical

Page: 250

View: 359

A collection of essays discussing historical medical oddities like spontaneous combustion and tailed people, offering a likely cause for the condition, and mentioning some real human oddities

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