The "Palace of
Wonders" cabaret [Washington DC] had its official
opening July 7 & 8 2006. The gala was held in the
two-story bar which features "dime museum" displays
of oddities, formally seen in the now defunct
Baltimore Dime Museum. James Taylor, owner of the
artifacts, acted as MC for the all-star live show
Capacity crowds were shocked, amazed and entertained
by sideshow and variety acts.
Charon Henning "the most dangerous beauty alive" did
her sword swallowing and sword ladder routines. She
Her partner, Professor Otto Knowbetter, shocked the crowd with
his "pain and torture "acts including eating glass,
chewing razor blades, and swallowing and
regurgitating hundreds of straight pins.
Chris McDaniel the modern-day Buffalo Bill
demonstrated why he is the World Champion Western
Arts Master of rope and whips.
Kitty Victorian added sex appeal to the evening with
her burlesque dancing.
Stephon Walker did a comic turn as Swami Yomahmi as
he performed the blockhead and "human furniture"
Surprise performances included Jim Frank's creative
Flea Circus and Patrick O'Brien with his bagpipe
Saturday's sold out performance featured Todd
"Carnival Knowledge" Robbins and Trixie Little and
her Evil Hate Monkey replacing Kitty Victorian and
find more info on the above acts in
Sideshow World's listings of entertainers.
Jill Fisher was talent coordinator and she informs
me the Palace plans to present live entertainment
three times weekly.
It is great to have a showcase for sideshow talent
in the nation's capitol.