Whenever I attend
the Sideshow Gathering I expect the unexpected and I have
never been disappointed. This year Nov. 4-7 were the
dates and Wilkes-Barre PA was the place. Two dozen acts
and hundreds of aficionados gathered to remember and celebrate
the life of Franco Kossa who started the gathering 10 years
ago. Kossa died unexpectedly last spring.
This year Thrill
Kill Jill, Tyler Frye and Hank Lightening booked a scheduled
and presented the entertainers.
In addition to
several solo acts there were several sideshow troupes
entertaining. The variety of skills demonstrated over
the three days included sword swallowing, glass dancing, iron
tongue, blockhead, pin cushion, whips, knife throwing, plate
spinning, contortion, blade box, body stapling, electric
chair, hooks in the eyes, juggling and bug eating. There
were even a few exotic burlesque dancers to add a bit of spice
to the atmosphere.
The returning solo
performers included Jim Stilianos, Keith Nelson Bindlestiff,
Tommy Gunn, Prof. Fountain, Harley Newman, Prof. Sprocket and
included the variety of Crispy Family Carnival and Gwyd and
Sylver Fyre with their always popular Knotty Bits Sideshow.
Also the multi-talented Old City Sideshow with Danny Borneo.
Martin Ling, Reggie Bugmuncher, and Gi Gi Holliday wowed
presented a bevy of beauties....Trinket, Sally the Cinch, Mab
just Mab and Cherrie Sweetbottom. Fast-paced
comedy and beauty!
Tyler Frye and
Thrill Kill Jill's Lucky Daredevil Thrill Show was excitement
New to the
gathering were four diversified sideshows.
Sideshow featured an attractive guy Dr. Arcana and cute gal
Rachel Rampage who presented standard acts plus a great
electric chair and sub trunk bits.
Sideshow lived up to its name. The rough acts
designed to gross out did not disappoint. It was well
routined and cleverly acted diabolical insanity. Great!
Sideshow with Chris and Dangerous D presented a loud, fast,
brassy personalities. When the act ended the audience
was left as breathless as they were. Chris' hammering a
nail into a board with his bare hand and D's human hourglass
stunt were real gasphers!
Brothers have got to be the biggest act in the business.
Both are 6'4" and their comedy routine is carefully planned.
Emphasis is placed on stunts based on superior human strength.
Mighty muscles and fantastic fun!
worked the sound system for all of the acts. Cris
Siqueira "the Brazilian Bombshell" showed a film on the
colorful American Sideshow. Love that gal!
brought his Headless Gal show and Professor Sprocket made the
opening for the crowd. That guy can really talk.
Artist Toni Lee
exhibited her new banners and her new husband.
Time O'Brien of
Ripley Radio recorded all weekend for the Ripley Radio Oddcast.
Prof. Ouch, Bob Blackmar, Rob Houston, James Taylor, Diane
Falk, Stan Mayre and Al Stencil gave us a historic perspective
of the business.
James Mundie ran
the public relations department for the gathering.
Walt Hudson danced
on broken glass with Mab just Mab!
New comers this
year were Josh Peters who demonstrated a straitjacket and
chain escape and Kellan Hancock with Alex Doll who excited
with their cinderblock routine.
A steller weekend was had by all!