Category Archives: Freakshow

AMC’s Freakshow Goes To Gibtown! (Gibsonton, FL)

I’m jealous that “Freakshow” went to Gibtown. I wish I could have lived in Gibsonton, Florida in the 1940s and ’50s.  Half girl Jeannie Tomani and her giant husband Al ran the Giant’s Fishing Camp, which was a trailer park … Continue reading

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Freakshow on AMC- Tattoos and The Shock Of A Lifetime

A Jersey City tattoo artist put Coney Island’s Luna Park on my left bicep a number of years ago.  Before that, I let a hairy man with jewelry stuck all over his bare chest stick a big needle through my … Continue reading

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Freakshow, Season Two Premiere

Life isn’t always a bed of roses at the Venice Beach Freakshow.  Sometimes it’s a bed of nails.  The second season of “Freakshow” debuted on AMC Tuesday night with two new dramatic episodes.  Some of the drama felt a little … Continue reading

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No More Normal, AMC’s Freakshow, Episode 8

Episode 8 of AMC’s reality series Freakshow, which follows the fortunes of Todd Ray’s Venice Beach Freakshow, had an air of finality to it. The show celebrates the differences that make us all unique and showcases performers and people who … Continue reading

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Legless and Armless Wonders on AMC’s Freakshow, Episode 7

Eli Bowen (“The Legless Acrobat”)and Charles Tripp (“The Armless Wonder”) were turn of the century human marvels.  They performed feats of dexterity and strength for circus and carnival sideshow audiences.  They are most famous for a single photograph.  It shows … Continue reading

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Strongmen AMC’s Freakshow, Episode 6

Sideshows and freakshows will never see the classic strongmen acts, again.  Men wearing leopard skins, lifting cartoony dumbells with 500s painted on either side, would make modern audiences laugh.  Plus, nobody would pay to see someone who is simply strong … Continue reading

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Ali Chapman Ties The Knot on AMC’s Freakshow, Episode 5

This week on Freakshow, Todd Ray gave us the wedding of Ali Chapman to Matt McCarthy.  Ali is the host of Ray’s Venice Beach Freakshow, and when Ray heard that the couple was engaged, he set out to top P.T. … Continue reading

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Freakshow Is Hosting A Wedding!

In 1863, General Tom Thumb married fellow Little Person Lavinia Warren. It would be nice to think that it was a love match, but P.T. Barum was the driving force behind everything Tom Thumb did, so the marriage could have … Continue reading

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AMC’s FREAKSHOW Episode 4 Goes All Pins And Needles

When I was a kid, my very sweet, very gentle, very deadly karate instructor would shove a thick wire through his arm and hang buckets of water from either side of it.  I don’t think everybody grows up with the … Continue reading

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Bobby Reynolds and Grady Stiles III on AMC’s FREAKSHOW, Episode 3

I visited Bobby Reynolds’ sideshow museum in the 1990s.  It was almost directly across from Coney Island’s famous Sideshows by The Seashore.  There were a lot of displays and reproductions.  Siamese twin mannequin-type stuff.  I think there was a live … Continue reading

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