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The Talented Amy Gordon

On her resume, cabaret comedienne Amy Gordon lists her Special Skills as: Rollerskate dancing (disco, tap), Ukulele, Swing Dance, Tango, Stilts, Slackwire, Rolling Globe, Yoga, Prat/Stairfalls, Hat-tricks, Juggling (pass clubs, knives, fire), rubber face/body, dialects, Dutch/French languages, Pyrotechnic Shooter.

Her acts include doing a Flamenco dance on rollerskates, singing "Taint No Sin" accompanied in harmony by skulls she wears as a bra, as well as playing "America the Beautiful" in three part harmony on kazoos from three different orifices. The latter act you can see below.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 30, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Human Marvels, Music, Patriotism, Theater and Stage, Performance Art

Sideshow Illusions

Sideshow expert Jon Marshall has created a unique business model: replicating the freak shows of the past as corporate entertainment. Check out his pitch in the video below, then visit his web site.

Also, you can see a great "audio slideshow" where he another expert discuss the history of sideshows at the bottom of this page.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 26, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Entertainment, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Human Marvels

One-Man Bands

Having recently watched Mary Poppins, I wondered if anyone actually performed as a one-man band these days.



Maybe only in cartoons?



But no. Unfortunately for us, the one-man band tradition continues to flourish.



See several others after the jump.





More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 20, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Human Marvels, Music, ShowBiz, Stupidity

Balancin’ Fool

From Life magazine for March 10 1952, we get eight photos of one Robert Dotzauer, who liked to...well, balance things.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 27, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Eccentrics, Human Marvels, 1950s

Weekend in Havana

Can you sing as fast as Carmen Miranda does in this tune, "Rebola a Bola," from WEEKEND IN HAVANA?

I found the Portuguese lyrics and had Google translate them. The eccentric result is to be found after the jump: original line in Portuguese followed by English "translation."





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Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 21, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Human Marvels, Movies, Music, 1940s, South America

The Dionne Quintuplets

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Everyone knows we're in the midst of a new Great Depression. But isn't it a little spooky that so many things from the 1930's are repeating themselves? Such as: a nation, mired in bad economic times, is distracted by a case of multiple births.

Today, we have the "Octo-mom."




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But some seventy years ago, it was the Dionne Quintuplets.




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Somehow I doubt we as a nation will be still following these 2009 kids six years from their birth.




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Nor will there be a mass rush to merchandise the unnatural octuplets.




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And of course, the ever-prophetic The Simpsons nailed it all ten years ago, with the episode entitled EIGHT MISBEHAVIN'.


Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 07, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Babies, Body Modifications, Celebrities, Drugs, Fads, Family, Human Marvels, Obsessions, Pop Culture, Technology, 1930s

Man vs. Watermelon

If there's a special stunt you claim to be able to perform, at least be able to do it. Otherwise you'll end up on TV with people watching in horror as you desperately slam your head against a watermelon.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 03, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Human Marvels

Magnetic Man

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Miroslaw Magola calls himself Magnetic Man. According to his website:

Miroslaw Magola is a man with an unusual gift; he can lift objects off the floor, transport them through the air and force them to stick to his body - all using the power of his mind. The objects can be anything from metal pans to marble statues, and weight seems to be no problem.

Check out the videos of Miroslaw sticking pots to his forehead. They're comedy classics. I'm more inclined to attribute his ability to sticky skin than to magnetism. A bit of glue might also help.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 16, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Human Marvels

Turkey Calls

Before you dig into your turkey today, check out Preston Pittman demonstrating his turkey calls. Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 27, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Human Marvels, Thanksgiving

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