Secrets of the Sideshows

Secrets of the Sideshows

Joe Nickell


The carnival sideshows of the prior have left in the back of a desirable legacy of puzzle and intrigue. The secrets and techniques at the back of such bold feats as fire-eating and sword swallowing and peculiar exhibitions of human oddities as "Alligator Boys" and "Gorilla ladies" nonetheless stay, basically grudgingly if ever given up through performers and carnival execs. operating along the performers, Joe Nickell blows the lid off those mysteries of the halfway. the writer unearths the constitution of the exhibits, particular tools at the back of the performances, and the showmen's strategies for recruiting performers and attracting crowds. He additionally strains the background of such spectacles, from historic Egyptian magic and road festivals to the golden age of P.T. Barnum's sideshows. With revealing perception into the private lives of the lads and girls billed as freaks, Nickell unfolds the eye-catching tale of the halfway express.

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