MERMAID utilizes a girl-in-a-fishbowl illusion that is older
than the sea itself! Abbott's Magic
Co. sells one ready-made.
Jeff and Sue
Murray's early attempt at grinding. IIONELLA -
THE LION-FACED GIRL!
Up in Tahoe
Paradise, California a Grind Show enthusiast named Doug
Higley has attempted to create the "World's Smallest Side
Show" (now there's a twist).
The show, which
seems to change its theme every other month, is housed in a
six by eight foot open trailer which tows behind his car.
Over the last
year or so Higley has exhibited a Bigfoot Museum, a Myth and
Mystery show, an Amazon Pygmy Mummy show, and most recently,
a Sea Monster show (the creature for which he baked in his
He pursues this
as a hobby and has had some success.
The museum format show has always been an old standby in the
Grind Show business. It offers the public a variety of (oft
times seemingly unrelated) exhibits that have a weirdness or
strangeness in common.
Today, in lieu of live freak shows, there have sprung up
numerous freak "museums" in which photos and mannequins
representing the more famous freaks are exhibited. These
sometimes generate beefs in that the public might not be
aware of the museum nature of the show and are disappointed
when no live or real freaks or oddities are presented. Capt.
Boswell's Palace of Wonders is one such show.
Jeff Murray operates a Mystery Museum Show that features a
variety of interesting items such as pickled freak animals,
taxidermied freaks (such as a gaffed two-headed squirrel),
shrunken heads and some things too strange to be defined
(even Murray himself doesn't know what's inside some of
Jeff Murray s
MYSTERY MUSEUM SHOW