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2 edition of Sideshows found in the catalog.

Sideshows

W. R. Thompson

Sideshows

by W. R. Thompson

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Published by Baen Books in New York .
Written in English


Edition Notes

StatementW.R. Thompson
ContributionsCopyright Paperback Collection (Library of Congress)
Classifications
LC ClassificationsCPB Box no. 1660 vol. 7
The Physical Object
Pagination346 p. ;
Number of Pages346
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24501494M
ISBN 10067165375X
LC Control Number00514853
OCLC/WorldCa17616283

Interest in sideshows declined as television made it easy (and free) to see the world's most exotic attractions. Moreover, viewing "human oddities" became distasteful as the public conscience changed, and many localities passed laws forbidding the exhibition of freaks. The performers often protested (to no avail) that they had no objection to the sideshow, especially since it . "Secrets of the Sideshows" begins to roll in Chapter 4, "Human Oddities: Large and Small," and continues with his survey of most (but not quite all) of the varieties of cheap fun that hucksters and mountebanks have brought to the metropolises and hamlets over the centuries. Nickell knows and likes carnies, and it shows/5(21).

  This book is a visual history that illustrates how advances in technology have allowed the Sideshow artists to capture likeness and detail in .   Secrets of the Sideshows - Ebook written by Joe Nickell. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Secrets of the Sideshows.

A list of American circuses both past and present, with photos stories and information. Main Entrance Circuses Circus Performers Owners Circus Life Sideshows Sideshow Acts Lingo Circus Movies Book Store Train Wrecks.   The U.S. South is a distinctive political and cultural force -- not only in the eyes of Americans, but also in the estimation of many Europeans. The region played a distinctive role as a major agricultural center and the source of much of the wealth in early America, but it has also served as a catalyst for the nation's only civil war, and later, as a battleground in violent civil 5/5(1).


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This book is an extremely in depth look at sideshows. The author explains the history and then explains each act/attraction in depth. He goes as far as speaking of individual performers who made their mark. I found the book interesting but maybe slightly slow moving.

It read more like a textbook then a book for by: Blessed are all we rubes that Joe Nickell's Secrets of the Sideshows is outin the world."―James Taylor, author of James Taylor's Shocked and Amazed: On & Off theMidw "A book that gives you the straight lowdown on the acts and the people behindthem.

A clear-eyed look into a vanishing bit of Americana. Intriguing andunique."―/5(26). Sideshows are unique to American circuses. Sideshows are usually house in a separate and smaller tent located on the midway of a circus.

There acts are presented close up to the audience, acts that would lost if exhibited in the center ring of the big top. The concept was the idea of P. Barnum and first used on the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Help support Circuses and Sideshows Dot Com.

As an Amazon Associate we earn an advertising fee from each qualifying purchase. In the circus category Sideshows book will find books with information on: circus history, circus performers, owners, circus fires and circus trains.

The book is well-illustrated with photos of modern-day sideshows, photos of older acts, and vintage The book was very well-researched: the author is Sideshows book with many of the people interviewed for the book, and himself demonstrates several of the physical "tricks," documented in photos/5.

Sideshow Collectibles is a modern Sideshows book renaissance studio creating licensed & original collectibles from across the pop culture world. Order online. Blessed are all we rubes that Joe Nickell's Secrets of the Sideshows is Sideshows book the world." — James Taylor, author of James Taylor's Shocked and Amazed: On & Off theMidw "A book that gives you the straight lowdown on the acts and the people behindthem.

A clear-eyed look into a vanishing bit of Americana. Intriguing andunique."/5(2). From Sideshow’s prehistoric world of Dinosauria comes a new hardcover book. Presenting Dinosauria: Making The Original Monsters with illustrations by Artist Bill Stout coming soon. Be sure to RSVP in the meantime.

Buy a cheap copy of Secrets of the Sideshows book by Joe Nickell. The carnival sideshows of the past have left behind a fascinating legacy of mystery and intrigue. The secrets behind such daring feats as fire-eating and sword Free shipping over $/5(3). Tony Gangi is the author of Carny Sideshows: Weird Wonders of the Midway (Citadel Press, ).

In addition to being a dyed in the wool lover of Halloween, he is the proprietor of one of the few flea circuses in existence, (Live fleas do, in fact, perform circus tricks, he says/5. Sideshows of a Big City (Side-shows) by Tuthill, Jack (SIGNED) and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at   Sideshows.

Posted on April 2, April 2, by Erin Penn. The collected Finnegan Family Supernatural Hunters in one book. Sideshows in the Victorian Era mixed with Quincy Harker’s Shadow Council Archives.

Click on the cover for details. This entry was posted in. Secrets of the Sideshows. Working alongside the performers, author Joe Nickell blows the lid off the sideshow mysteries of the midway, revealing the structure of the shows, specific methods behind the performances, and the showmen’s tactics for.

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Ah, the sideshow. No, it's not a show on the side of a stage. Think Coney Island or other boardwalk entertainment. Sideshows definitely aren't ordinary and are sometimes referred to as a freak show because these people can do some crazy things. Come one, come all. For high-wire entertainment, dramatic feats, original acts, and the most magnificent exhibitions from around the world, take a seat and enjoy the Victorian era’s dazzling sideshows and spectacles.

(Performances daily—rain or shine.) Magic shows, séances, pantomimes, and circus acts were popular forms of entertainment during the Victorian era. "Secrets of the Sideshows is an engaging exploration of the history and marvels of the midway.

From the tricks of ancient Egyptian magicians to the wonders of London's eighteenth-century Bartholomew Fair to the golden age of P.T. Barnum's sideshows, Nickell reveals the structure of the shows, specific methods behind the performances, and showmen's tactics for recruiting.

PsycCritiques" -- PsycCritiques, For an entertaining book on a rapidly fading culture that was once a thriving part of old America, be sure and pick up ᅵThe Secret of the Sideshows.ᅵ, "To be sure, he gives plenty of secrets away here, most of them open secrets, but the book works best as a tribute to the imagination of the performers.

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Book, Internet Resource: All Authors / Contributors: Joe Nickell. Find more information about: ISBN: stories from former sideshow workers and owners, and from Nickell's own archives, Secrets of the Sideshows is a wealth of information for circus fans or anyone Read more User-contributed.Sideshows and Circuses: 6 Novels That Define the Carnival Genre interestingly, was a Roll-A-Book—a box containing a scroll version of the text and illustrations which would roll in front of the viewer opening by means of wheels twisted an easy way to tell them apart is to remember that a carnival has a midway filled with sideshows and Author: Steph Post." Secrets of the Sideshows is a wealth of information for circus fans or anyone who's wondered how those seemingly-impossible illusions are created." (Brookings Register) "If you want the lowdown on sideshows, step right up, ladies and gentlemen, Joe Nickell presents the best show on the midway.".