Meph knew the "Mechanical Man" on the Hall and
Christ shows". His name is Fred and he did wax man I
think at one time in the sideshow bally. He was the
Hall and Christ" World Of Wax" Celebrity Wax Museum"
Fred AKA Mephisto AKA Meph was also manager of the
wax WOW at the major fairs. And did a superb job. He
was also instrumental in our ending up owning the
two big permanent museums: World In Wax" Wildwood
New Jersey and the "20th Century Wax" museum at
Seaside Heights, N J.
also did a fabulous job in remaking some wax figures
and building terrific props in recent years.
His talents seem unbounded. Of course he is the
master fire performer. The best. My admiration for
him is endless. Cordially, Ward Hall
We got the first wax show in 1974.
Since I'd had some mime experience, I wanted to try
doing a mechanical man bit, like I'd seen Jimmy
Alexander do several years earlier. Cliff King was
talking on the bally one day and let me try
something. The agreement was that I'd take a
"statue" pose, and he'd "turn the switch" to make me
animated. Well, he forgot, and I stood there till
people noticed the statue shedding tears! After
that, I never waited on somebody else to start or
stop the animation! The glass cabinet on the wax
show was a perfect place to experiment with
different "themes." Of course, I could stand on the
front of the show, and people coming in couldn't
make me flinch or blink. I even had a couple cute
girls whisper come-ons to me, which got no reaction.
They didn't know they were trying to whisper to a
So now the secret's out. The dummy was deaf! lol!