CARNIVAL BALLYHOO is an insider's look at sideshows that
takes readers where none have ventured before. It is a
history of the world's oddest business where freaks are window
dressing, the oddball variety acts are the main entertainers
and the lecturers delivering the spiels, dings, pitches and
blow-offs make the whole operation tick.
From the time you
stop in front of the bally until you are dumped out of the
blow-off, everything you see, hear and feel has been carefully
orchestrated towards relieving you of your cash.
sideshows remain in business. None display living human
freaks. Yet in popular culture, the sideshow is still
with us and a new generation of sward swallowers, fire eaters,
pin cushions, cockroach glommers and regurgitation specialists
have emerged from the bowels of weirdom. For a century
and a half, sideshow adorned the midways of both circuses and
carnivals. Their attractions were not only found on show
lots but in vacant stores, on vaudeville stages, in film and
even on whale shows.
You can meet the
showmen, the freaks, the crazy variety acts, the tattooists,
the mind readers and the glass blowers. Learn how
sideshow hustlers opened the tips' wallets at every
opportunity. Step up and see the blade box queen.
Go behind the blow-off curtain to gawk at the double-sex
enigma. It's never out - and thank goodness, it's never
over. Pay up. Go inside. Buy the giant's ring!
Since retiring in
1991 from nineteen years of touring his circuses across
Canada, A. W. Stencell has spent his time writing about the
outdoor show world he loves. There is nobody better at
taking readers inside the circus and carnival world.
from the back cover and inside book leaves of Circus Carnival
Ballyhoo - A Review
From the opening
of Circus Carnival Ballyhoo, until the closing on page 391 Al
takes you on an adventure through the history of the worlds
most unusual business. Al's book is jam packed with
hundreds of photographs showcasing the back-end shows from
the early days right through to today performers.
Step Right Up, Go
In Now, It's all Alive on the Inside of the Show! See
Strange People! the Giants, Tiny People, the Mule Face Woman,
They're all here and their all on the inside!
Al shares page
after page of
history, which takes the reader deep into the history of the
show. In his book you will learn about the fascinating people that
lived and loved the business. You will see behind the
sidewalls of the show tops and inside the grindshows,
you will meet the freaks, the performers and the showmen that
made their living on the midways of the Americas.
Al's book is a
fantastic read, you will become lost in the world of the
sideshow as you read through its
pages, A master piece which helps unfold a business that
is as American as apple pie.
So Go In Now,
Enjoy What You are about to Read, It's All On the Inside of
the Circus Carnival Ballyhoo.