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Moonshine Cabaret Tonight @ Palace of Wonders! [04 Sep 2010|12:48pm]

Pull out your derbies, hike up your stockings, and join us for a speakeasy style celebration of years gone by with the Moonshine Cabaret - a night so full of music, mischief and mayhem that we had to do it twice!

Two Shows 9:30pm and 11:30pm $10
Palace of Wonders
1210 H St, NE
Washington, DC



Music, whiskey and whit of the Slomski Brothers!!
Amazing feats by DC's own SideShow girl, Mab just Mab!
Mavi, DC's dangerous dancer!
the beautiful burlesque of Helena Coy!
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A Night of Modern Vaudeville [12 Jan 2006|11:38pm]

Mark your calendars! Saturday, February 4th 2006 The Crispy Family Presents: Farewell to Denver, A Night of Modern Vaudeville. That's right the Crispy Family Carnival will be moving out of Colorado in early Spring but not without one last hurrah with some of our friends. Confirmed so far are Magician Richard Nakata, Tribal Belly Dance By Tribaltique. Along with Assorted Jugglers, oddities, and attractions To Be Announced. This will also be a peak at the future of The Crispy Family Carnival. The Show will be at the Bunt Port Theater 717 Lipan Denver, Co. 80204 720-946-1388 Visit www.crispyfamily.com for more information.

Announcing the Crispy Family Logo Contest. Winter is a time for many shows to head inside, put a new coat of paint on the props, and write new material for the next season. The Crispy Family is preparing for some of the biggest changes since the show began and needs your help. We are looking for a logo to use for merchandise, promotional material and that type of thing. If your an artist and would like your design to be the official Crispy Family Logo email it to us by January 31st. Well pick our favorites and then let everyone vote for the winner. The winner will receive 10 of any merchandise made using the winning logo for as long as we use the logo. As well as our eternal gratitude for the help. Logos should be 1-4 color to make easy for clothing printing etc. And of course the fine print stuff. By submitting your design you authorize the Crispy Family Carnival to use your design as they see fit and release all rights to said design.

Be sure to check out our sister site www.extremeperformers.com this is a site featuring more details on individual performers and other talents not showcased in the Crispy Family Carnival.
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Merry Christmas [25 Dec 2005|01:35am]

A Christmas greeting from the Crispy Family Carnival

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[03 Nov 2004|06:44pm]

I would recommend coming to check out the lunar_carnival. We are new, up and coming and ready to hit the road. You all seem like the kind interested in joining the caravan...
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County Fair [03 Aug 2004|02:26pm]


For immediate release:

John Louis and the Pickled Brothers Sideshow present: The Carnival of Wonders!

Appearing at the Hamilton County Fair, August 4-8 in Cincinnati, Ohio!
  • See the sword swallower!

  • Be mesmerized by the fire-eater!

  • See a man pound a 6-inch spike into the center of his skull!</li>
    Be amazed by massive reptiles!</li>
  • Thrill to the sight of a man crushed by 1,000 pounds into a bed of nails!

  • Much, much more!

This show is fun for the whole family and appropriate for all ages.

Tickets start at just $2 for adults and $1 for children. Crowd right up and Gloria will take your money. Be sure to look down so you don’t miss her, she’s less than 4 feet tall, folks!

For more info, or if you would like to audition to be in the sideshow, contact John Louis at 859-322-5797 or Travis Fessler at 859-916-5401.

For more information about, or for directions to the Hamilton County Fair, please visit http://www.hamiltoncountyfair.com or call at 513- 761-4224.

See you at the circus!
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A List of Curiosities [30 Jan 2004|09:32am]

[ mood | awake ]

I thought I would throw up some pictures and books and whatnots involving what else...the sideshow. This is just a small list of some of the books and artist I've found. Hope people enjoy...


1. Monsters: Human Freaks in America's Gilded Age (The Photographs of Chas Eisenmann. Edited by Michael Mitchell

2. The American Circus: Wild, Weird & Wonderful 1901-1927 (As seen by F.W. Glasier. Edited by Mark Sloan

3. Seeing is Believing: America's Sideshows. By A.W. Stencell

4. Freakery. Edited by Rosemarie Garland Thomson

5. Shocked and Amazed: On and Off the Midway. By James Taylor


1. A Cabinet of Medical Curiosites. By Jan Bondeson

2. Snake Oil, Hustlers & Hambones: The American Medicine Show. By Ann Anderson


1. www.sideshow-art.com features some great posters by Joe Petro. They also have plenty of info on books and images relating to the subject.

2. www.madametalbot.com is the home to non-other than Madame Talbot herself. This Oregon based artist produces a varied style of work including stuff based on sideshows and curiosites.

3. Chas Eisenmann. I noted him before with the book by Michael Mitchell but I just love his work so I thought I'd list him again with a full photo.

4. Kimberly Gremillion. A relativly new artist she recently put out a portfolio called simply "Circus" that is chocked full of eerily beautiful images of modern day performers.


1. Geek Love. By Katherine Dunn. I am sure most now about this but what the hell. Who doesn't love a good romance set in the midst of the midway.

2. Nights at the Circus. By Angela Carter. Again who can resist a love story involving a beautiful aerialiste who may be part swan and the American journalist who is obsessed with whether or not she is a fake.

Next weeks installment the Cinema of the Circus....that is if you all don't hang me for such a long post.

P.S. does anyone moderate this community...I was just curious?

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New to the big top [26 Jan 2004|01:00pm]

[ mood | working ]

Hi all I found this community and agree we need to get it going. Not much looks like its been done but I think it could be really great. I collect classic side show memorabilia and ephemera and would love to speak with people who have actually worked some shows. I added two new books to my collection over the holidays and must say their both worth checking out, Monsters ( a collection of 1800's portraits of the Bowery side shows by Chas Eisenmann)and Wild, Weird and Wonderful (A collection of photos from the early Barnum and Ringling shows). Both were complied from negatives that belonged to commercial portrait photographers who had a love of the circus and its performers.

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for those of you in love with the coney island freak show [30 Dec 2003|01:12pm]

this new years at the knitting factory!

Ted Leo / Coney Island Circus Sideshow
Price: $30.00
Date: Wed, Dec 31
Start Time: 9:00 PM

its going to be a lot of fun- bars to drink in and a floor to dance on.
after midnight the coney island sideshow is going to do some freaky things to really make your new years eve even crazier
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[07 Oct 2003|01:01pm]

Hi, I would be new to this community. I have loved the sideshows for my whole short life(19 years), though. As a child I drew together my friends who could do something odd or looked off... added some fake freaks I made... and stood outside, trying to entice people to enter. of course, I rarely got more than my babysitter to pay the quarter.

Kay, enough rambling. HI
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Just thought I'd post [26 Mar 2003|10:44pm]

[ mood | curious ]

I can see this LJ is pretty dead but I though I'd make a feeble attempt at resurrecting it.

I went out on the road this summer and worked for the "World of Wonders" Sideshow. We played fairs just like they did in the old days.

I'd like to talk more about sideshows with other people if anyone shows up.

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[18 Feb 2003|03:26pm]

hey! there's nothing on this community, so I thought I'd just be realllll cool and post... wOOt
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