Shindig a Review by Walt
James "Shocked and
Amazed" Taylor and I attended the giant rock show Shindig along
with 20,000 other patrons here in Baltimore on Sept. 27. We
were not drawn to the two huge stages that presented about a dozen
nationally famous rock bands that played continuously for about
Instead, we headed for
the Ripley's Believe It or Not! side stage where 15 of the
country's top sideshow and burlesque stars performed from 12 until
The show that featured
every conceivable sideshow act was produced by Alex Doll and she
did a marvelous job.
Hosting the day long
affair was the Lizard Man Eric Sprague. His entire body is
tattooed with green scales and his teeth are filed to points.
His tongue is split and his forehead has Teflon implants.
His ear lobes are pierced and stretched. His beyond bizarre
act included corkscrew through nose, sword swallowing and
blockhead. His body modification and talent shocked and
Mab just Mab is my
favorite sideshow gal. She featured glass walking, balloon
swallowing, fire eating and animal traps. It is always a
pleasure to watch her rapport with a volunteer from the audience.
The interaction is the highlight of her routine.
Jonathan Burns has got
to be the wackiest guy in the business today. The audience
just didn't stop laughing at his excruciatingly antics.
Check out his hilarity on You Tube!
Adam Realman presented
seldom seen strong man stunts. Bending nails and horse shoe
with his bare hands and blowing up a hot water bottle until it
burst were just a few of his tremendous feats of strength.
western routine with whips, ropes and guns is TOPS in the
My favorite gal from
Philly, Reggie Bugmuncher has added a couple of new items to her
fresh, raw, and original act. She did a nail board type act
using a bed of barbed wire. Another new titillating bit was
using a grinder on her bra and cod piece. Those sparks sure
Wildman Danny Borneo
continued to shock with a dozen stunts. I found his hooks in
the eyes stunt especially impressive.
Cardone's magic, vent,
escapes and illusions added real variety to the day's
entertainment. His creative presentations had the audience
baffled. This magico is tops in talent.
presented a pleasant diversion as the sword swallowing ballerina.
Swami Yomahmi, my
favorite sideshow geek from Washington DC, always amazes me with
his wacky presentations of standard sideshow acts. He rushed
in form performing at a local Renaissance Festival to participate.
Serpentina the snake
charming contortionist got the audience's attention when she
brought out the big snake! she is a seasoned performer from Coney
Island and a real crowd pleaser.
Sex and beauty were
added to the day's entertainment by the dazzling exotic dances of
Candy Del Rio, Melody Magpie, and Rev Valentine. Russell
Bruner kept the gals in the crowd shouting their approval as he
presented his exuberant Boylesque routine!
A special thanks to
Alex Doll and all the performers for keeping the sideshow and
burlesque arts alive in a new age.