Melvin Burkhart

The Man, the Magician, the Anatomical Wonder & Much More!


A Sound Tribute Part 6

by Richard Mullin

The rare recording from which this transcription came was made in 1973 at Slim Kelley’s “Museum of Natural Mistakes” on the Strates’ midway. This transcript is dedicated to showman Melvin Burkhart (1907-2001)

Carnival midway showman Ward Hall said of him: “Melvin was a great guy.  I never heard him say a bad word about anyone and I never heard anyone ever say a bad word of him.  A remarkable, wonderful way to go through life.”


Next, it’s time for a commercial…


Next, it’s time for a commercial…



“Now I want to thank you for your attention, boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen. 


We’re going to continue our program, right here on this same platform.


I might add that on many occasions, people will come in and ask me: ‘Hey, do you have a tattooer here?’ 


Yes, we have a tattoo artist -- Captain Chico who has his booth at the far end of the tent.  All those pretty pictures that you see hanging on the wall have been placed upon the human anatomy at some time or another and represent a design that he has there… available to anyone who’d like to get a tattoo. 


You might like to get your social security number tattooed on you… your name… your initials… your girl’s name… your wife’s name… somebody else’s wife’s name… he doesn’t care.  He’d be glad to oblige you. 


Anytime you’d like to talk with him, or find out about getting a tattoo, he’ll be down there and he’d be very glad to have you come see him and talk with him.”



To be continued


Images, "Carny Flash"  Done by F. A. Baldwin one of Canada's first tattooists         


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