Show Talk With Lee Kolozsy




I feel quite honored…I’m getting my own section at Sideshow WorldTM


I’ve been asked to write a little bio about me, so the readers of these articles will be able to relate, I guess.


I’m going to decline. I think it’s wrong…


I can’t write about me. I write about history and about funny things that happen to me, and what can be learned from them. None of this is really about me.  It’s more like it’s actually all about…What I’m all about.


Those who have read a few of my articles probably realize by now that a common thread exists. It isn’t me, it isn’t the Circus, it isn’t the Sideshow, not the Theatre, nor any single thing. A man’s writings are an extension of his thoughts, and my thoughts are shaped by my heritage, my interests, and my work. My heritage is the world of Performance[1], my hobby is the study of Show History[2], and my work is Showmanship[3].


It is all about Art and Culture…


The human race has always applauded achievement. There are cave paintings remaining from the prehistoric era to prove this. Architecture in ruins which is still studied and admired. Music which has survived the ages, and the work of playwrights and artists long gone to dust remains to be enjoyed by those yet to come.


A live performance leaves no trace but a vanishing memory…


Like the flame of a candle, it is departed all too soon. Without a trace. A live performance is an event that lives and dies. The most fragile form of Art. I have spent a wonderful lifetime enjoying and studying the work of the finest Performance Artists of modern history. My Peers. My Friends. My Teachers. My Family. Performance is the mainstay of the culture of my people. Showpeople.

When no one is left to remember, the knowledge is extinct…


In my lifetime I have seen much hard won knowledge of Showmanship disappear with the deaths of those who held it secret. This is wrong. I believe that those who learn are obligated to teach.


A flame can ignite another…


This is my mission. To teach the coming generation of infant Showmen, taking their first baby steps, as much as I can, about all that I know…

About Show Biz…


Which is the common thread through all of the articles written by  Prof. Lee Kolozsy

Many things can be said about Lee, but one thing that can't be said is that he lacks candor.  In the stories below you'll read exactly what Lee has submitted.  No censorship, no political correctness, just show talk in Lee's own words.  With that said some of what you'll read below is intended for a mature audience only.  If you are easily offended by strong language or opinions you may want to head for Home.  For those of you who want to experience the reality of the behind the scenes non politically correct circus, sideshow and carnival industry please read on.




The Sideshow is the  Best Thing Next to the Circus....


The Key to the Midway


Reggae, Ganja, and Sideshows...   


SideShow Cubano…


Women like Men…   


Hell Hath No Fury…


Datelines by Prof. Kolozsy


Mayflies and a Red Convertible


Reason a Free Ticket to the Circus is Called a Annie Oakley


A Giant Swindle!


Showpeople Live in a Different World


Strong Women


Front Page Headlines


The Freakless Sideshow


Migrant Showmen


Insane Adventure


The Past


Johann Petursson


The Future


Dino DNA


Ding 'Em Hard  


[1] The most difficult art form to master.

[2] Not the customary dry dusty details of unimportant trivia, but rather the important fine points of why and how they did what they did so well.

[3] “Showmanship” The art of presenting entertainment to maximum effect.



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