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
     Category: Entertainment | Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts | Human Marvels





Comments
The half lady could be real but some friends and I use to do this trick in a backyard haunted house we use to do every year for Halloween. But we did it with just a talking head on a table. A table in a c-shaped room with properly postioned mirrors does the trick.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 03/26/09 at 12:51 PM
If anyone is interested in learning some of the tricks and how they were done try reading <u>Secrets of the Sideshows</u> by Joe Nickell. Although I don't remember anything about the headless woman trick.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 03/26/09 at 01:14 PM
neat trick!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/26/09 at 05:31 PM
Great. The upper half of a woman who doesn't seem to shut up and a headless one who seems quiet and demure. I think he got which one should have been which completely wrong!

And except for the boob count, both of them at the same time would still only count as one.

:lol:
Posted by DownCrisis on 03/26/09 at 10:33 PM
Teach your kid a few of the tricks and have him set up a stage instead of a lemonade stand. You could start doing sideshows like this in your own front yard for gas money.
Posted by Nethie on 03/26/09 at 10:55 PM
tell me sweetie what would you have the lower half say? and more importantly, from where? 😊
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/26/09 at 10:56 PM
I'd rather have a whole person who can be relatively quiet than half of one that never shuts up. I guess I lost that in my explanation. Sorry.
Posted by DownCrisis on 03/26/09 at 11:07 PM
a whole person who can be relatively quiet

i'm heartbroken, that leaves me out. they tell me i even talk in my sleep. :down:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/26/09 at 11:17 PM
We'll just have to find something that will keep you're mouth busy.

😜
Posted by DownCrisis on 03/26/09 at 11:34 PM
that works! :wow:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/26/09 at 11:38 PM
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