Jack Constantene is one of the few Grind Show operators
who has claimed to become a millionaire via the Midway. He
has specialized almost exclusively in live acts, mostly
midgets, and fat people, and is said to have made a fortune.
For years he featured little Eddie Taylor (the World's
Smallest Man), Ruby Saddler (the World's Smallest Woman),
Fat Albert, and some miniature animal shows.
His show front Southern body trailers are some of the best
in the carnival world, and the artwork framing them is
excellent. His show people tend to be black and he plays
mostly the southern states where business has been good.
On the road since the late 1970's, he entered the carnival
trade by purchasing one of the earliest known versions of
the Drug Abuse Show.
Jack Constantene's FAT
In the 1920's Lou Dufour was the King of the Baby Shows.
In 1927 he had no less than 20 shows out in the field, which
he labeled "The Unborn" Show. He owned his own carnival, the
Dufour Exposition Shows, which at one point moved on 25
company owned railroad cars.
With partner Terry Turner (an R.K.O. Pictures
executive) he brought the "Ubangi Savages" Show to the
states in 1931, causing a stir by opening the exhibit with a
massive premiere in the 5,000 seat Massbaum Theatre in
Philadelphia before joining up with Ringling Brothers
At one time Dufour boasted a grand total of 38 shows under
his control, and a gross of $500,000 at the 1939's New York
World's Fair, a remarkable sum made even more incredible by
the prewar depression days of America.
A native of New Hampshire, Malcom Geary stills prefers
to play the Yankee states with Billy Burr's Funorama Shows
even though he is now based out of Tampa, Florida.
Malcom has been described as a showman who would try
anything. He once framed a hippy chicken show around the
then hit song "The Funky Chicken" that operated on the
principle that a bird placed on a hidden hot plate could be
made to "dance" about frantically to the strains rock and
roll music if the heating unit was cranked up substantially!
He attempted a Dracula's Daughter Show featuring a
"daughter" who suspiciously looked like a man wearing a bad
wig and a Mystery Museum, but his mainstay seems to be the
live animal show. He was the first to feature the Giant
Frogs, and carried Rat and Snake shows as well. Recently he
went on the road with his TWILIGHT CREATURES Show, which
features live bats and a stuffed African monstrosity I
traded him for a mounted Giant Rat (Nutria) for my Amazon
His home itself is like a museum with many oddities and
taxidermied animals in residence, including a five-legged
pet beagle that accidentally hung himself on his chain one
day and now sits patiently, stuffed, in one corner.
Malcom Geary's GIANT KILLER FROGS Show.