Secrets of the Sideshows by Joe Nickell
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Secrets of the Sideshows
By Joe Nickell

Secrets of the Sideshows

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Secrets of the Sideshows by Joe Nickell

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The carnival sideshows of the past have left behind a fascinating legacy of mystery and intrigue. The secrets behind such daring feats as fire-eating and sword swallowing and bizarre exhibitions of human oddities as "Alligator Boys" and "Gorilla Girls" still remain, only grudgingly if ever given up by performers and carnival professionals. Working alongside the performers, Joe Nickell blows the lid off these mysteries of the midway. The author reveals the structure of the shows, specific methods behind the performances, and the showmen's tactics for recruiting performers and attracting crowds. He also traces the history of such spectacles, from ancient Egyptian magic and street fairs to the golden age of P.T. Barnum's sideshows. With revealing insight into the personal lives of the men and women billed as freaks, Nickell unfolds the captivating story of the midway show.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813191959
ISBN-10: 0813191955
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Pages: 424
Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joe Nickell

Joe Nickell, Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for the Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), writes the "Investigative Files" column for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. He is author of many books, including Detecting Forgery, Camera Clues, Unsolved History, Real-Life X-Files, Crime Science, and Adventures in Paranormal Investigation.

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