SIDESHOW PRESERVATION AWARD
Are Saying About Sideshow World
some quotes received from members and fans of the
Bit by bit Sideshow World becomes the most
priceless of repositories.
John Robinson’s “SIDESHOW WORLD”…the
carnies home lot
the internet. Where else can you find
amazing jackpots with old
carnies, hear live sideshow ballys, view
incredible sideshow photographs,
get information on anything sideshow and
stay updated on sideshow
Dr. West’s Traveling
Sideshows and Animal Menagerie
wanted to say thank you for
continuing to "Preserve the
Past...Promote the Future" through
sideshowworld.com. I think the site
looks great and I love your
I really appreciate all of your
efforts and those who have also
helped you along the way either by
their own contributions or
inspiration to you.
Sideshowworld.com like its
predecessor, is truly a gateway
between the past and the future of
rarely-known, historical references
on sideshow history, continuing
traditions and current happenings, I
am again thankful for the birth of
all my Sideshow Brothers and
John has really done us proud with
the website Sideshow World. The
format is excellent and I have
emailed all of my friends in the
entertainment field and told them
they must log on to Sideshow World.
It is nothing short of fantastic.
Keep up the good work John, and best
wishes to all, from,
Arkansas Red-Ozark Troubadour
Ozark Mountains, Arkansas
Imagine life in a world
where perhaps only a few
thousand people speak your
Now imagine that you are
separated from these people
by vast distances and speak
with them only rarely.
In some ways, this is what
it is like without something
like Sideshow World.
Here we can speak freely.
In a language we all
About an art form that we
are all, to one degree or
another, obsessed with.
Thanx to all who make it
possible.--- Pete Kolozsy.
What kid doesn't
want to run away
with the carnival?
In Dream Pictures I
tried to recreate a
place of childhood
John for your
But here, here at
Sideshow World, it
moves from fantasy
to reality, and
is once again
Alive on the
It's great, John, I
can reminisce in the
good old days, get a
sneak peek at the
present visiting the
performers links and
listen to a live
bally, and, I can
plan for the future
by keeping up with
events and upcoming
Thanks to all of you
Sideshow World for
giving us fans a
place to reminisce
and dream, a chance
to run away with the
Author of: Dream
Book one of the
coming from Mundania
After losing Slim's
site, the thought of
Central, was almost
too much. I knew
John could pull it
off, just the time
involved, in an
undertaking such as
Sideshow World, was
In the world of
will always be the
boasting. It is the
same in anything you
are involved in. It
is also a lose, lose
carnivals have been
around, since God
got bored. There
will always be
someone out there,
entertainment to the
The older performers
and fans, as they
age, find it
difficult to walk
the miles it takes,
to go to the local
State Fair. But to
be able to have a
good visit, with the
performers and fans,
that make us laugh,
from the confines of
our homes, is
can't buy. Right
Slim??? And since
the inception of
Sideshow web sites,
and the ability to
reach the world from
there are no more
shut-ins. We can all
participate in the
As I was going
through some very
old paperwork of my
Dad's (Al Tomaini
the America Giant),
there were many old
applying for work,
deaths. We have
evolved into what we
are today, with the
hard work of people
like Joe Bates, Slim
Price and now John
Thank you my
friends, for keeping
the magic alive,
without it some of
us would be lost. We
are behind you all
have been on
the past 6
I would like
to add my
It is my opinion that Sideshow World is a great asset, and not only to us sideshow people. One of the things they do is to keep the sideshow community informed about things going on with people in the business.
They have also helped me to locate some of the other show people, their families and provided me with information about what they are doing.
Sideshow World is also a great resource to any historian or student of sideshow history. It is a great archive of sideshow history and as such it is invaluable to anyone who wants to study it's history.
There has been so little history recorded about this industry which started in the 16th century that we know of (and probably before), and even into the later part of the 20th century very little has been written or recorded about the personal history of the people that have worked and lived their lives in the business.
Sideshow World has worked very hard to gather the personal and show history of the people and the shows and have archived it so that the fans, students and historians have a place to go to study. It is a great thing they are doing.
I have subscribed to several circus and outdoor amusement publications over the years, such as Circus Report, Amusement Business, Clowning Times, Calliope, The Great American Circus Directory etc........ These were all fine publications, many were short lived. In all honesty Sideshow World far exceeds all these publications put together. I had no doubt that Sideshow World would be the premier site for performers, promoters, show owners, people that are fans wanting to learn our history, etc..., but John Robinson truly outdid himself. He cut no corners and exceeded my expectations. A job well done.
Slim Price deserves credit for acting as one of the moderators for Sideshow World's Yahoo Group. This gave John the much needed time to get this huge site up and going.
The contributor to Sideshow World are astounding, the best of today and the best of yesteryear (Slim, you fit in both categories).
One thing I would like to mention, I knew Don Marcks thru years of correspondence (publisher of Circus Report). If he were with us today, I know he would be overjoyed with Sideshow World.
For myself, I'm very proud to be a part many contributors and to be able to share some vintage memorabilia from the Days Gone By. This is the "only" site on the web that I share my vintage collection because of the high standards, integrity, and professionalism.
John, my hats off to you for not taking "no" for an answer and pretty much going against the odds to
make the impossible possible.
"An absolute must for the gems of yesteryear and the hopefuls of tomorrow. From histories revealed to
modern marvels, Sideshow World is a treasure trove of information
which should be explored by any sideshow enthusiasts, fan or performer."
Sideshow World has connected me to the sights of the sideshow with its bright colorful banners, the enchanting costumed performers on stage giving me just enough of a peek of their many talents to lure me under the tent to watch them swallow fire, walk on nails, throw knives, and see their anomalies, never losing their dignity. It reminds me of how hard they worked, how talented and funny they were. If I hadn't connected to John Robinson of Sideshow World, I wouldn't have re-connected with the talented Ward Hall, a one time partner of my knife throwing uncle Harry Leonard, sweet Pete Terhurne, and Chris Christ. It has been such a joy to read their stories, as I have never heard them before. Seeing their pictures along with those of Lorette and Sealo put a smile on my face. In this fast moving world the sideshows cannot be left in the past. You can't click on a remote and find the tattooed lady, the juggler, the ventriloquist, and knife throwers of the world. Talk about a reality show!! The sideshow invented it!!
has its proverbial finger on the pulse of
every conceivable aspect of this weird and
wonderful business - both past and present,
good or bad. If it's happening in the world
of sideshow, chances are you'll hear about
it here first. If you are out there, and
either performing in or promoting this
business somehow, they will find you! And
when they do, it's only good things from
there on out. They will expose you and your
expertise to a whole new audience, fan base,
and clientele that you never even knew
existed, and is growing ever-stronger by the
minute. People truly want to see beyond the
glitz and the glitter, and get to know the
truth behind the history, people, and inner
workings that made (and make) the sideshow
what it is today. And that's EXACTLY what
these fine folks have set out to do - and
done a damned fine job at it too, I might
also add! Sideshow World has inadvertently
become the living link that connects the
rich history of the sideshow's past to it's
present day roots, as well as to it's
uncertain and precarious future. My hat's
off to you all, and may your banner forever
fly proudly over the Internet.
It was Sideshow
World that got me back in the game of
creating 'gaffs'. I had just stopped making
them for whatever reasons...But when They
came on the scene it was like a needed
kick-start in the pants. John was kind
enough to interview me and folks found out I
still existed and...well...there ya
go...back in biz making 'zibits and
recording Professional Grind Tapes on CD.
The best part
about SSW though is being able to read about
all the folks I've heard about or have lost
contact with. It acts as my small town paper
so to speak.
I hope this
conveys how important I feel your work and
site really is...rather than some fleeting
forum...SSW is HISTORY in the making and
what we say will mean a lot as the years
pass by. We MUST get it right.
The Phantom Of The Midway
Mystery World Museum Supply
(click on the Atomic Fish for the secret
It is a
wonderful source for information and
education on the subject of outdoor
Showmanship. A true blessing for those with
an interest in sideshows and the performers
who exhibited in them
World is one
of the most
of old and
site by any
feel like a
rube in any
and arts and
thanks for a
and is very
As a circus
be the part
Let us keep
John Robinson from Sideshow World came through The FREAKSHOW yesterday. John is the Greatest guy you could ever meet and THE MAN when it comes to Sideshow History.
Venice Beach Freakshow
You my Friend fit in as the FOREMOST, FRONTRUNNER, Historian, archivist, showman ect. Known to man!!!!
You are a gentleman and a Scholar, who puts "PRESERVING THE PAST, PROMOTING THE FUTURE" above all the NONSENSE! unconditionally......
That is why I have the utmost RESPECT and admiration for what you do and who you are........Unlike others, YOU do it because you HAVE Heart and Dedication!!!!!!!!!!!
Much can be learned from your Example!!
Jim Zajicek (The Curator)
Big Circus Sideshow
I just wanted to email you quick and tell you what a great website I think Sideshow World is. I am currently writing my Master's thesis in History on the sideshow, more specifically sideshow freaks. My argument for the paper being that the freaks should not be remembered with pity and political correctness, as so many people who don't understand do nowadays, but rather as performers and be respected for the work that they did.
Anyways, I just wanted to say that in doing my research, this website has come in handy many times. There is so much information on it covering so many different topics and it has been so helpful to me. I think it is great that you have this interest and that you have put it into a website.
It's nice to know that there are other people out there besides myself who have an interest in the sideshow (you should see the looks I get when I tell people I want to be a historian of the sideshow haha).
So thanks again and keep up the great work :)
I am in love with your
website! You have this wonderful, beautiful
space for people to visit and learn about
the past and also to keep up with current
March 26th "ALOA" has been keeping me busy.
I am slowly working my way down the list of
links. Since there are few sideshow history
courses offered around the country (that I
am aware of), this website is the best thing
I could have hoped for!
You guys do a great job and I
thank you much.
PS. I can't stop reading.
on Tue, Dec 1, 2009
at 4:56 PM
Chicagoland / Performing Arts
Two-Headed Boy: A Century of Progress
Sideshow World wins
the Internet today.
pictures are like ten million words.
"Ask The Staff,"
a sort of carny-centric Straight Dope,
is on its own days of enjoyment. The whole
site is a masterpiece. I haven't seen
anything quite like it, at least since the
Internet was still awesome.
For example: the curious case of the
Babies and the Lake County Fair.
Thank you very much for making so much
information available, and so much history!
The entire website is a fascinating
read................ please never stop
the website... the information contained
therein is far too valuable to be lost.
Andy Sherwin - Vienna
Sideshow World is the greatest
source in the world for the history of our
business and gets better all the time.
wanted to let you know that I’m happy to see
what Sideshow World has turned into. Great
job on all
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