Secrets of the Sideshows (Paperback)

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Secrets of the Sideshows (Paperback)


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On small-town ballfields and county fairgrounds, the sideshow performers set up their tents and trailers in the shadow of the Ferris wheel. There they amazed us with daring feats such as fire eating and sword swallowing, intrigued us with exhibitions of human oddities and various "anatomical wonders," and yes, deceived us with illusions such as "Atasha the Gorilla Girl" and even outright fakes. These bizarre spectacles engaged the mind as well as the eye. Was the human blockhead act, in which.

Product Details ISBN: 9780813191959
ISBN-10: 0813191955
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication Date: September 26th, 2008
Pages: 424
Language: English