Side Show Stunts

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Postby Guest » 01/02/03 10:10 AM

Hey Folks,

I'm looking for references for carney stunts, i.e. nail in the head, tears of glass, etc. etc. Anybody have a good reference text for such oddities?

Thanks much,

Timothy
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Postby Guest » 01/02/03 11:53 AM

Memoirs of a sword swallower by Daniel P. Mannix is a great read as I remember
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Postby Jon Racherbaumer » 01/02/03 04:05 PM

The how-to-do-it aspects are scattered in the literature; however, you might check out Todd Robinson's video, which was put out by Joe Stevens's (Sideshow Magic-Volume 53) of the Greater Magic library.

I'm surprised there isn't a Geek Handbook?
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Postby John Smetana » 01/02/03 05:24 PM

Originally posted by Jon Racherbaumer:
The how-to-do-it aspects are scattered in the literature; however, you might check out Todd Robinson's video, which was put out by Joe Stevens's (Sideshow Magic-Volume 53) of the Greater Magic library.

I'm surprised there isn't a Geek Handbook?
There is a book titled GEEK MAGIC, Jon. I recently sold a copy and for the life of me I can't recall the author.
Have fun and as always,

Best thoughts,
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Postby Brian Morton » 01/02/03 11:03 PM

Todd Robbins' video "Magic of the Sideshow" is, I'm sure, still available through Stevens Magic Emporium, as are copies of "Swami/Mantra" which detail many of the geek sideshow/spooky-creepy aspects of magic.

However, as Todd himself would tell you, many of these stunts are dangerous and you'd be best off learning as an apprentice to a working pro.

Todd has run at least two editions of "Sideshows by the Seashore" at Coney Island (see website here ) where you can learn all the tricks of the trade from the real pros.

This is nothing to joke around about -- my good friend Charon Henning apprenticed to one of the legends of the sideshow business and yet still spent several nights in the ICU of Johns Hopkins because of a mishap.

Don't play around with this -- if you're going to learn it, learn it right; talk to Todd or take the Sideshow School course.

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Postby Guest » 01/03/03 08:46 AM

Thanks for the info guys, I've got a copy of memoirs on order and I'm planning on tracking down some of the others. Also appreciated are the cautionary words, and while Coney Island isn't exactly next door it's probably a trip I should schedule anyhow. :)

-Timothy
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Postby Guest » 01/04/03 05:06 AM

William Lindsay Gresham, the author of "Nightmare Alley", published an excellent series of articles in book form way back in 1954. :cool:
The title is "Monster Midway" but I fear it will be long out of print. :(
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