Said Beauty is Only Skin Deep!
arrived a half hour before the doors opened. Took a
quick tour of the Fremont Street Experience, then
walked a block and a half East finding ourselves in
front of a small building just off the main path.
It was strange to me (if there can be anything
strange to me) we were at the address, but I didn't
recognized the building. The sign on the front
read Salon of Beauty. My first thought was I don't
need my hair cut, but as quickly as the thought came
it disappeared when Shawnee (who had accompanied me)
said "We're Here!".
group had setup on a small stage on the patio to the
rear of the building, the night was cool but the
location was perfect for the show. After a
long sound check the doors opened and the crowd
It was a
smaller crowd than I expected considering we were in
the middle of the entertainment capital of the
world, but they were very energized and looking
forward to the show.
man walked to the center front of the stage and
began to talk, Ladies and Gentleman you are about to
see amazing things. Come in Close, Come in
Closer, yes you are going to see FREAKS! You will
see Ken the modern day Elephant Man, Jackie the
Human Tripod, The T-Rex Man, The Black Scorpion with
his magic, Little Miss Fire Fly the smallest woman in the
world, Yes she is a full grown woman only 27 inches
tall and Lady Diabla the
sword swallower. Right here, Right now, so get
ready for the 999 Eyes Freak Show.
It was a
well scripted performance that started with a lively
tune preformed by That Damned Band.
how That Damned Band describe themselves on their Myspace,
circus train wreck't into a folk revival next to a
hobo camp where wandering jews and gypsies from
Eastern Europe have been learning Irish drinking
songs from Tom Waits.
We are the Dark Carnival Gypsy jug band that you
brought home and kept you up all night playing music
on your front porch and in your living room. You
were so hung over that you missed work the next day,
and didn't regret it one bit."
say at least that and much, much more.
band played on they introduced the FREAKS: Ken, The Modern
Day Elephant Man, told of his experiences
growing up and how so many folks worried that his
condition was contagious. Jackie the Human Tripod
was carried on the stage concealed in a small trunk. After
emerging she preformed a song
reminisce of the early 1930's. As she
sang, my thoughts ran back to the Hi-Di-Ho Man
Himself. John, The T-Rex Man used his whip to
cut a rose from the lips of Lowrent the Clown.
The Black Scorpion amazed and shocked his audience
with his act, a living Lobster Boy, slamming a
rubber mallet onto his hand with a force that made
the strongest members of the audience wince with
pain. Little Miss Fire Fly, the smallest woman
in the world, along with other members of the group
assisted Lowrent the Clown with his high pressured
Hot Dog Catch; As always Lowrent got to catch it
in an orifice of his choosing. After a short
intermission then came Lady Diabla swallowing her
swords and Little Miss Fire Fly dancing on broken
glass. A waltz couldn't have held a candle to
the beauty of their performance.
powered show that was non-stop. Yes! the Freak Show
is alive and well in the form of 999
Eyes. A must see for everyone, the
music, the performance, It's all there, It's all Alive, and
IT'S ALL IN YOUR FACE.
a Review by
John Robinson Sideshow World