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Topic: Can someone set me straight.....?
Message: Posted by: jondark445 (Nov 10, 2008 12:47PM)
I was recently speaking with someone and they mentioned that the only 10-in-1 still in existence is the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, and that there weren't any traditional traveling shows left.

Does Ward Hall's show (which I've yet to see) not fall into that category? Am I missing something?

--JD
Message: Posted by: Harley Newman (Nov 10, 2008 01:22PM)
Coney Island Sideshow, in the grand tradition, makes a number of claims that might be considered "stretched". However, it's the only remaining stationary 10-in-1 on the east coast of the US.

Todd Ray might legitimately claim to be the only stationary show on the west coast.

Ward announces his retirement yearly, but I doubt that any of us believe it. He's still going strong, and there are still a number of other touring shows.

Outside the US, there are troupes and individual performers all over the place, not in great numbers, but still going. Our art form continues to evolve.

So, you didn't miss anything. Well, maybe you did, but not this.
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Nov 10, 2008 01:26PM)
There are a number of sideshow troupes out there. Coney Island is the only permanent show in a permanent location. It also tries to adhere to a Ten-in-One format. Todd Ray has an oddities museum that often uses acts on the outside. Todd's show is in the tradition of a dime museum.

Ward Hall currently has a show that is a mix of working acts and magic illusions. He also carries a few dime museum exhibits. If you add it all up, it is probably more than ten acts.

Rick Kales has a freak animal show that often incorporates working acts. Jim Zajichek (sp?) also has a show that uses acts and Lee Kolozsky also mounts show with acts. How full a season is worked and how traditional a show these three do is something I do not know.

And then there is John Strong Jr. III or whatever he is calling himself these days. John has a freak animal show and I don't know what else. All I know is that he is graeter then everry one HERE and will TELL You that Himself because ITSS true.

The wild card in the current sideshow universe is Ken Haark and his Grim Bros Sideshow. Ken puts together a tented show that often features a great cast. He plays rock and roll venues like the Ozzfest and the Warp tour. He has played a few fairs, but mostly just mounts the show for specific stands.

As far as I know, Bob Reynolds and Tim Deremer have no plans to take out a Ten-in-One, though they have both done so in the past.

It is possible that there might be another sideshow in NYC in the near future. It all depends upon two other projects a certain showman is working on. If neither of these two happen, then he will embrace the "hard way to make an easy living" and open a permanent show.

So there.
Message: Posted by: jondark445 (Nov 10, 2008 03:03PM)
A wealth of information....thanks guys!

--JD
Message: Posted by: thegreatnippulini (Nov 15, 2008 03:58AM)
You forgot about Jack Constantine... although I haven't heard about his show since I worked it about 4 or 5 years ago.
Message: Posted by: asithlord (Nov 15, 2008 03:05PM)
Whats 10-in-1?
Message: Posted by: Harley Newman (Nov 15, 2008 03:55PM)
It depends on your definition.

It can be ten acts, in the same show. It can also be interpreted as ten performers in the same show, which is not quite the same thing.

A traditional pitch line is "ten acts, all under one tent, for your education and entertainment". By saying it was educational, some shows were able to bypass the blue-laws, which generally banned entertainment events from occurring on Sundays.