This episode we were lucky enough to talk with two of the most popular performers in American Sideshow: Donny Thomas and Adam Realman.
They both cut their teeth (no pun intended with regard Donny) at The Coney Island Sideshow, now known as "Sideshows by the Seashore". Coney Island has been the epicenter for NY Sideshow performance, with a foothold on the boardwalk for over 100 years.
We discuss PT Barnum, the rise and fall of the American circus. Adam needs your phone books! Otherwise he may tear your cell phone in half instead. Donny schools us on sideshow definition of geek! And we hear about sideshow acts that went wrong for them as well as audience members.
Adam and Donny are professionals, don't try any of these stunts at home. Instead, go to Coney Island and sign up for a class. Adam is actually the dean of the school in which he was once taught.
Donny Vomit is on tour with "Strange for Hire", and Adam remains part of the vital local sideshow scene. Here's how you can keep up with them on the interwebs:
On Instagram, Facebook, and the Twitter:
Also, check www.coneyisland.com for this year's "Sideshows by The Seashore" schedule.
Come out to Coney Island for the Labor Day weekend "Mustache and Beard Contest". I'll be there for a follow up interview, and try to win the contest. (Not likely.) Also the Mermaid Parade!
One more thing! We have a show producer! Allan David hooked us up with these two guests, and we really appreciate it. We look forward to doing more work with Allan. He's @hexo66 on Instagram, go follow him. Thanks Allan!
Geek Life Steve