"carnies" Tell lies!!! I realize some do build up the story,
as to be more like what is expected, but I can tell you one
thing, as strange as some of my family stories are, they are
100% true in every way. I was lucky enough to be adopted by
very honest caring parents. With a Giant for a Father, and a
half girl for a Mother, every day was and is a real
experience. As Mother says "What you get, is what you see".
As for the fainters, we got our share back when I was just 2
or 3 years old. I can still see the little green bottle of
smelling salts, my Dad handed me, as he lifted me down off
the stage, when we had one drop.
I realized in
adult years, my Dad's sense of humor, in a grown man waking
up to a tiny little girl standing over him with a bottle of
Back then in
the late 40's and early 50's, the only place someone would
disrobe, would be the half and half in the blow off. Still
when Popeye Perry bugged his eyes out, he would drop a couple
of marbles on the stage, and they would drop like flies. And
when the pincushion poked the first hat pin through his arm,
there went some more. The sword swallower would also bring a
few to their knees. Especially on a hot day.
believe, the standard thing they said when they were
revived, "it must have been something I ate."
We also had a
runt tattoo artist that worked out of his trunk in the tent.
He had a real high faint count. So the fainting isn't
something that was learned by going to see my friend Jim
Rose, it has been around since the beginning of time. People
back then weren't desensitized to the blood and guts, that
you see every time you turn on your TV. So the faint count
was much higher back then.
compared how many fainted with the other sideshow owners, my
Dad just had his private little joke of the day and let it
go at that.
show just goes to show you this is what people want to see.
The sideshow is back, and a new generation of performers has