From midgets, wolfboys and human pin-cushions to Siamese twins, snake charmers and sword swallowers, the circus sideshow isn’t often seen alongside the main attraction any more.
But while the Sideshow element of circuses, carnivals and fairs may have dwindled, the Circus Sideshow, the Freakshow, and the Circus Freaks and Geeks themselves (see my previous post) are aliving and kicking.
Below are a few sideshows both modern and traditional that you can go and see.
Warning!! The videos below contain scenes of a freakish nature.
The Ladies Society for the Subversive Arts
Based in Los Angeles this troupe of sexy women perform all the traditional geekery and freakery as the Sideshow Sirens.
The Circus of Horrors
Based in the UK the Circus of Horrors is part circus part horrific sideshow.
The Coney Island Circus Sideshow
According to their website the Coney Island Circus Sideshow is “last permanently housed place in the USA where you can experience the thrill of a traditional ten-in-one circus sideshow”.
The Jim Rose Circus
Formerly the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, the Jim Rose Circus tours the USA.