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Today's column features some very unusual
The Ugliest Men
THE Sideshow is in town, and it has everything from
the ugliest man in the world to the re-incarnated P.
The title of Ugliest Man in the World is something a
lot of people vie for, but only one can win.
To win the ugliest man title, one must be able to
manipulate his face so that he looks much uglier
than he actually is, and this is not an easy task.
In past years a gentleman named Jack Webb held the
ugliest man title that now belongs to Gail Sawyer.
As I've said so many times, it was Confucius who
said one pictures is worth 5,000 words featuring
three of the men who are vying for the Ugliest Man
The three men, Jack
Webb, the former champion, Gail Sawyer with the high
silk hat, and the man between them is this
The handsome men standing in back, who were also
judging the contest, are Sideshow Owner Jack Waller
and Bobby Reynolds, the man many mystics claim is
the re-incarnated P.T. Barnum.
When the judging was over, Waller and Reynolds felt
that all three of us were deserving an ugly title,
and they finished it off in this manner.
Knowing that Jack Webb is now involved with his own
Show about the dangers of drugs, and being aware
that i already have a job, they decided to stick
with Gail Sawyer, and re-proclaim him the Ugliest
man in the World.
So it's with some envy and some pride that I bow to
Gail Sawyer, the Royal Highness of the make-believe
world of Ugliness, because, like beauty, ugliness is
in the eyes of the beholder.
More About the Sideshow
SIDESHOWS were as a part
of the circus as the big tent, and when the circus
decline started, these sideshows were the first to
The sideshows, like the circus, are making a
spectacular comeback, and the one now appearing at
the Sonoma-Marin Fair is something that no one
This sideshow has all the flavor of the ones that
brought us the Wild Man from Barneo, the smallest
and tallest people in the world, and a number of
others whose names belong in Ripley's Believe it or
Jack Waller, proprietor
of this sideshow, has gathered together what I think
is one of the finest groups of sideshow people ever
to appear under one tent.
Bobby (P.T.) Barnum Reynolds (he's the
re-incarnation) has more varied talents than Tom
Thumb and Sammy Davis combined.
Bobby Reynolds is also known as the Wizard, and
that's why he's been put on the list of
distinguished magicians who will attend the Harry
Houdini Séance in Count Dracula's Transylvania
Among those you see at
this sideshow are Volta, the Electric Girl, the Zig
Zag Lady, the Human Volcano, the Man with the Iron
Tongue, the snake charmer and the 1978 version of
the world's ugliest man.
The Sideshow Story
THE SIDESHOW has played
an important role in American history, and because
of people like Jack Waller and Bobby Reynolds, new
chapters are being recorded about the sideshow.
Jack and Bobby have taken the traditional sideshow
and added their own professional touch.
These great, modern day showmen have proved that an
ugly man can be as big and even bigger attraction
than a handsome one.
These two impressions
have shown that sideshow showmanship is contagious
and that people from all ages and all walks of life
enjoy their type of entertainment as much today, as
they did when the Ringling Brothers were competing
with Barnum and Bailey.
This Way to the Carnival
RIGHT this way to the
carnival. Step right up folks and see what even
Ripley wouldn't believe.
This is the carnival, and the tent you're now
approaching contains the sideshow, which has close
ties with both the carnival and circus worlds.
In the world of magic they say it's fun to be
fooled. In the sideshow world, they give you the
opportunity to try and distinguish the real from the
The sideshow is really its own type of Alice in
Wonderland, because it reflects the past - it is a
mirror where the unusual appears - and it's the
place where a man with an ugly face can become
submitted by Linda Casey (aka
Mandy Lynn) One of “Jack’s Girls” June 17th 1978