I got a mer
and an atomic fish...I use the atomic fish when
it's all men and the mer as a whatisit? for
dings mentioned from $0.25 to $5.00 for various
sideshow acts. Is there a consensus as to the
right price for a single'o?
I'm not familiar with
what your attractions are. The price for a single O
depends on how strong is the attraction, how dynamic is
the front, and of
course the location. If you had a real live adult two
headed girl behind a factory
built and best professional painting, in a prominent
location at a fair like
Dallas, TX. you could get five or ten dollars. If it
is a giant rat behind
one or two homemade banners, and no sound, in a poor
location at even a big fair
I would guess it wouldn't attract many customers even
if it was only a dime..
If you have access to some of the books that show
various grind shows
it will give you a better Idea of what I mean.. It is
very hard to judge.
One way is to play with the price. Try different
prices at different times of
the day to see what works best for you. At one time
Chris and I had a show
with a live two headed adult beautiful girl (illusion,
that was perfect)
framed in a forty foot semi with a solid front 60 feet
long and 26 feet high,
with painting by Bill Browning. This was in the mid
'70s. It cost us 45000.00
dollars (a lot of money in those days). We had
excellent locations at big
fairs. It didn't' get enough money to pay the ticket
seller. After a few weeks we
sent it back to winterquarters and forgot about it.
We had so many shows at that time we didn't have the
time to make corrections.
Studying the photos there were three very obvious
mistakes with the front, which I didn't
realize at the time.
Ten year earlier a German lady had the same attraction
framed on a rather unattractive Wells
We were on the same midway. I had the 10 in one, and on
a good day if I grossed a thousand dollars, she
would gross fifteen hundred. That's what gave me the
inspiration, but I didn't do it right..
The baby show that was managed at times by Mephisto, was
the most profitable grind show Chris and I ever
It had a beautiful 7 banner, 80 foot front, and the
exhibit was 22 real, human (not Bouncers) It only required two people to operate it at the biggest
Fred (Meph) was a very good manager. He always did a
great job as manager or performer...... If it was so
good why don't we still have it. Well, friends that is
another - long- story.
One last comment. Don't use cheap sound. Sound and a
good grind makes a 100% difference.
Most grind shows I encounter have poor quality sound.
Remember, most places you work are noisy and your sound
must be clear and distinct
so they don't just hear it, but listened to it and
understand every word.
My best wishes for your success.
The business can use more shows out there.
Cordially, Ward Hall