Gathering: A Review
Over two dozen live entertainers displayed their talents at
this year's eleventh Sideshow Gathering held in Wilkes
Berre P A. Nov 2nd through Nov 4th. Although attendance
was lower this year due to economic conditions and the
aftermath of the hurricane, spirits were high among the
attendees and performers. Several favorite troupes returned to
shock and baffle with their skills and stunts. These included:
The Olde City Sideshow featuring the outrageous behavior of
Danny Borneo and Martin Ling the Suicide King. The Cheeky
Monkey Sideshow with Swami Y omahmi and his bevy of beauties,
Sally the Cinch, Mab just Mab and the Amazing Trinket. The
Knotty Bits high energy duo of Gwdy and Sylver Fyre, the
Crispy Family Carnival, Freak Show Deluxe with Rev. Tommy Gunn
and family and the Scarred & Dangerous Thrill Show featuring
the bizarre antics of Dangerous D and Chris Scarborough. The
Unholy Sideshow was the largest troupe of performers and many
of their unbelievable stunts were designed to gross one out.
They were clever and diabolical. A real hit with the crowd.
Returning solo acts included the unique stunts and escapes of
Harley Newman, variety magic by Prof. Fountain and the
juggling of Jim Stilanos.
The one new group was the highly entertaining New York Variety
All-Stars. This trio included Adam Realman with sensational
feats of strength; Kryssy Kocktail comedy and swords; Cardone
with vent, magic and illusions. Fantastic talent! They are all
stars! The audience gave them a well deserved standing
New solo acts included beautiful Danger Jess Miller who
presented her exotic dance with a boa constrictor. Rev.
Valentine entertained with comic burlesque dance routines.
David London amazed with his mystifying magic and mentalism.
All were crowd pleasers.
Todd Robbins the master Master of Ceremonies hosted the entire
three days and kept the schedule running on time. He is one of
the best in the business. The Sideshow Gathering was fortunate
in obtaining his skillful services.
There were three workshops. Harley Newman discussed Scripting
and Show Structure. Stephon Walker's topic was Creating Your
Sideshow Character. Thomas Nealeigh explained The Business of
Kudos to Thrill Kill Jill and Tyler Fyre for booking the
strong line-up of offbeat talent.
James Mundie ran the public relations dept. Artist Toni Lee
exhibited her new banners. Tim O'Brien of Ripley Radio
recorded all for the Ripley Oddcast.
Al Stencell conducted the auction Pete Genovese, Diane Falk,
James "Shocked & Amazed" Taylor, Prof. Sprocket, Kevin Gerrone,
Keith Stickley, and Ted Campbell gave us a historic
perspective of the business.
Cris Siqueria is working on a new documentary film about the
great sideshow illusion "Girl to Gorilla." I saw a brief clip
and it is Tops.
The gathering provided a rare opportunity to meet with most of
these wonderful ordinary people who do the most extraordinary
things! Thanks to all involved.
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