Species" is a true story about a kid born and raised
in the carnival business, not by some writer that
visited or worked on a show for a month or two, then
became an authority on carnivals and wrote a book
first time, a 'carny' gives you the real lowdown on
the crooked games, scams and gimmicks the concession
stands use to fleece you out of your hard earned
money. After reading this, the next time you'll stop
and think twice before you hand the agent behind the
counter of the 'Teddy Bear Stand' a buck to spin the
wheel to try and win a big stuffed teddy bear for
your wife or kid.
"Endangered Species" gives you the goods on the
crooked games found on some of the midways, its main
purpose is to tell about a kid who grew up in the
side show part of the carnival called the "Backend."
about how he became a half boy and half girl who
showed his boy and girl sex organs to the marks, and
how they made up a lot of the fake freaks and the
paraphernalia needed to do so.
tells about the 'Hey Rubes' and the fights, about
the storms that plagued the carnivals along the
Atlantic Coast, how a dear friend was impaled by a
broken side pole during a hurricane, how a three
hundred pound gorilla grabbed his wife and sat on
her and about an orangutan who tried to rape her.
on to tell about becoming a girl show owner and
operator, a stand-up comedian and emcee, and a
talker on the fronts of side shows. If you are a
little bit hip and have a good sense of humor,
you'll laugh your keister off from chapter to
end, you will truly understand why the story is
called "Endangered Species."
William T. (Fats) Usher