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I wanted to write this about a month ago, but I was sick with the flu and then when I recovered, I had computer issues. So now, here it is.

The closest I've come to working an actual sideshow is with my single-o showing my Zibit at carnivals and flea markets. But in late August I spent a week with the Big Circus Sideshow and here's how it went. First I met with Jim "Curater of the Unusual" Zajicek, the owner of BCS, and we had dinner together at a local restaurant close to the fair. Jim and I seemed to click immediately. We talked about everything from his circus background and my magic/escapes background to of course some of the soap opera at The Magic Café. I wanted to hear about his career and life on the road, but he seemed to be more interested in my "day job" as a flooring installer. Seemed to be a very humble guy. After dinner, we went back to the fair grounds and he introduced me to Racetrack, the man who takes care of everything from the animal freaks to well......everything. More on him later. Then a van pulls up, it's Mike Vitka and Jay Humann. Mike is a "talker" and Jay eats fire on the bally and pitches his worm.lol Super nice guys! After talking with them later, I find out we have a lot in common too. Mike's into old Todd Browning films and 1950's-60's drive in movies, like me. We had a lot to talk about. And Jay, a magician, sideshow performer, and pitchman, we too had magic in common. I had a great time just helping out inside the tent keeping people from taking pictures and petting the animals and answering questions, about the freaks. While doing this, I got to hear very cool stories from Racetrack, who's traveled the globe with animal shows and circuses. Wearing my fedora and khakis one night, he said I could pass for Indiana Jones, and I said, "Hell man, you ARE Indiana Jones"! Many of you people reading this know these men and may joke about them, but we all know that they are some "helluva nice guys" Like I said before, the moment I met them, they all immediately made me feel at home.

After the fair I helped do the tear down which we finished about 3am, and Jim took some pictures of us. Here are some of the pics that Jim took and some are mine. Again, thanks Jim, Mike, Jay and Racetrack for giving me some memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

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For some reason, none of my pics posted. Can someone please pm me to help out?
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I will have to reformat the pics. I'll get them up later.

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We/All @ the BCS thoroughly enjoyed Tim's company and look forward to seeing him again in the Future...
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Thanks for posting your story!
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Does this mean you are a carny now?
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Yup, he be a carny
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Yep but did you get TFM in ?
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No, I'm not a carny. I'm not one of these guys who say that I'm "with it". Jim and I had a few laughs about them. So don't get me confused with one of them.
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On 2011-10-13 09:39, thegreatnippulini wrote:
Does this mean you are a carny now?


Not till I get "Carny" tatted on my Forearms...Get a mention in GBWR's...and play the Red Palace!...YOU do mean the REAL Carny's?...Not those @ss-H@les on the Midway?...Right?....
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Does writing "Carny" on the arm with a sharpie count?
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On 2011-10-14 01:11, abigkahuna/1 wrote:
Does writing "Carny" on the arm with a sharpie count?


I hope so...cause I'm scared of needles...
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Great story! After you helped them tear down I helped them set up in Amarillo. They are a great team and Jim allways makes me feel welcome. I think Jim can start The BCS tear down and set up school soon.
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Soon as I lose this weight, (by next fall hopefully) one of my goals is to catch up with the BCS. Everytime I see photos, I want to commend Jim on such an outstanding and clean presentation. GOT to get my Nikon on it!!! (and help slough of course.)
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