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Sideshow is a full-access pass to the world’s strangest
traveling sideshow. Go behind the tent as the “World of Wonders
Sideshow” kicks off the circus season with eye-catching
headliners including sword-swallower Tommy, knife-thrower Spif
and "Diva of Danger” Sunshine. These daring performers share
their unique take on travel while living in a tractor-trailer
and entertaining the masses in towns across America.
known as “King of the Sideshow,” owns World of Wonders
and has been in the sideshow business since he was 14 years
The World of
Wonders Sideshow sets up a compound on a fair site. During
circus season, they live and perform at the fairs 24/7.
World of Wonders
Sideshow performers entertain passers-by on the bally stage
in an effort to
sell tickets to the
big tent sideshow.
Tommy Breen is a master bally talker, a sword swallower and the
manager of the World of Wonders Sideshow.
Sword Swallowing is
part of the free bally act in front of the World of Wonders
of Danger" Sunshine English breathes fire, walks on sharp
objects and has been zapped by electricity thousands of
work 16 to 20 hour days during circus season, which typically
runs from June to December.
line is a series of large, hand-painted signs which feature
the different World of Wonders performers.
When the fair ends,
performers with World of Wonders bring down the banner
line, break down the big tent and hit the road to set up at the
performers hang out in their “living room” -- the inside of a
The World of
Wonders tractor-trailer is used to transport the stages, the
big tent and all the props used in the sideshow. Once everything
is unloaded at the fair site, the truck doubles as living
quarters for the performers.
Giant Al Tomaini
first settled in Gibtown in the 1930s with his wife Jeanie, who
was known as the “living half girl.” Al was more than 8 feet
tall and became the town’s mayor and police chief.
Gibsonton, FL, has
been the winter home and retirement community for circus and
The circus and
sideshow life is stamped all over the landscape of Gibtown, FL.
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