STEP RIGHT UP! They’re LIVE, they’re REAL…it’ll astound you and amaze you!
I love hearing the calls from the sideshow, enticing you to enter the brightly colored tents & see the “freaks” and the “bizarre”; sword swallowers, fire-eaters, blockheads, glass cases of strange creatures we want to believe are real, and many other mysteries & surprises!
Every summer I go to a few sideshows at local fairs and in clubs, and I’m happy to see the resurgence in popularity of these vintage, classic forms of Americana. Aside from loving this as a colorful subject for my photography I’m proud to say I’ve had the rare experience of appearing as an act in some sideshows! Yes, I’m TALON the NAIL LADY, showing off my real 18+ inch fingernails on both hands & doing photo opps with fascinated people. Some may think sideshow people are freaks in a negative way but it’s embraced with only the positive as these are creative people and performers wanting to live outside the box, in an almost long- forgotten way of life which is now making a comeback! Bright, glittery costumes, Victorian style red & yellow tents with boldly colored, hand painted sideshow posters and banners take the viewer back to days gone by and into a world of the strange and mysterious, all right in front of your eyes, up close and personal..and REAL! And for only a few dollars, which can often be given by simply stapling the money onto a beautiful showgirl or handsome fire eating gentleman!
So, this summer, I highly recommend checking out a sideshow if one comes to your town! It’s good, old-fashioned fun and a nice change from high tech entertainment and iPhones…this is American performance and history at it’s craziest and best! Come One, Come All to the SIDESHOW!! (& in the meantime, enjoy a taste of the experience through my photos…)