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unilogo
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First of all I have always been interested in doing "real" sideshow stunts.However most of the time I read that you have to learn it from an experienced person. Both books or any video will not provide enough info.How exactly did you, the ones doing this, learn this? Another performer,books, or anything else...

I am just interested in the stories of you guy's life. Hopefully I can learn something and get an idea on how to start . THe mistakes not to do and so on.

Anyones time is as always greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

BTW...im 17....so I probably shouldn't be asking this.....but I will any way.Thanks.

Responses are nice. I am willing to wait till I'm older too:)
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For some of the stories you might look up Sideshow Central and check out "The Slim Price Collection. I started learning pretty early, but the greatest part of my knowledge came from sideshow performers back in the 50's. Expect to get hurt, dirty and scarred and don't expect a lot of money. Todd Robbins has a school in NY, and I teach in San Diego. As you know, I have notes on all the acts and often make them available to serious, mature seekers.(maturity is not tied to age) Nothing can compare to having a hands on professional mentor even when you know it all. He/she can see things you miss. A sad occurence is when some one just wants to do bar or frat tricks, and finds out the true price. An important part is attitude and dedication.
Learn to entertain, so much crap is being done out there by the "See what I can do" types that the art is being lost. Learn at least some theater. It is the most important part.
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You're off on the right foot...listen to Slim. Then LISTEN some more.

Reading about the real life on the road can't hurt either...
Try Jan Gregor's 'Circus Of The Scars'... best written book I ever read of ANY kind.

Also Daniel P Mannix's 'Memoirs Of A Sword Swallower' is very entertaining. Might be able to find it in a used book shop in paper back.

Also be aware that there is a lot of crap out there as well.

Doug
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You don't say where you are...there are a number of folks from whom you could learn. Just do the homework to find out if they really know what they're talking about. I recently met, for example a longstanding "pro" fire-eater, who started to do a blast, facing into the wind. Someone from whom to learn? I don't think so.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=st......c/latest
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You wanna learn,OK get out there and travel with a show,gaff for your tucker and keep your mouth shut with your eyes and ears wide open,you really want to do it ??
Im looking for a gaff lad,,wanna take me up on it.
Ken

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Thank you for all the replies guys.

I truely would be lost without your knowledge.

It had been a while since I updated my profile and to save you a click:) I am from Los Angeles , CA. Huge place , big city, lots of people...however I have only seen one sideshow and that was at"knott's" scary farm. I was mind blown. It was the "torture king amazing zamoras's" sideshow. IT was so awesome I gave em a standing ovation and talked to him a little afterwards. I was so thrilled but he had to prepare for the next show. At which point my friends told me we had to rush to another attraction. Talk about depression.

Oh well.

Anything else is greatly appreciated ,

thanks.
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Get yourself down to Slim's place in San Diego and learn it from the master.

Todd
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Thanks, Todd. High praise coming from you! Doug, thank you for the support, you're one if the best. Harley is adequate... <G>
Uni, I don't know what I was thinking, there are lots of stories from the old life at sideshow Central besides my attempts... Get the history.
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Adequate? Sure, why not? Who needs a self-image in this business?

Just remember to take Slim out to dinner. For such a scrawny old guy, he eats like a horse! Come to think of it, he could be the feature in a single-O...World's Strangest Looking Horse.

(Actually I lied. When I took him out in public (and I admit to it), he never once put his face down in the plate.)

And Doug could frame it better than anybody! I can imagine the front.
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When Harley visits, you get baloney! (Wish me a Happy Birthday...)
Slim

Just an after thought; Using your catheter for Bungee Jumping? Bad idea!
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I just thought that I'd say that I deny all knowledge of this guy! (G)

Happy Birthday. Smile

Jennieprice
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Quote:
On 2005-01-27 22:43, sanscan wrote:
Just an after thought; Using your catheter for Bungee Jumping? Bad idea!
Slim


YIKES!

So is that where "Size Matters" ? Hehehehehe

Happy Birthday Slim!!!!
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To all those who's birthdays I missed during their lifetime...HBD.

Mine is APRIL 4th! The 4th of APRIL! (FOURTH)...4 days after April begins...

Back in APRIL of 1942 my Mother was on the big Coaster at the Pike (Long Beach) and went into labor...what...she didn't read the sign? oops...no sign. This was April 4th...and it continues to this day...a birthday on APRIL 4th. Mine.

Anyway on my birthday I require a REAL Coca Cola in a bottle. (None of that cheap crap) and Spaghetti and Meatballs at Red Rocket's (Disneyland). I'm low maintainence.

I've ignored all my birthdays up till this one....actually you have all ignored my birthdays...up till this one. eMail me and I'll tell you when it is. (If I make it).

By the way unilogo...you were fortunate to get a few words out of Tim (Zamora)...such a peaceful quiet man. You were also fortunate to have seen him perform. While I have been to his shows...I haven't watched him perform most things he does...I'm one of those who watches the audience....who's a wimp!
Aries! April 4th!

Happy belated Slim. May I on your behalf and mine (and maybe Todd's) re-quote Groucho...

"If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself."


The ULTIMATE TRUTH.


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Believe me xmosis...

when he is performing he is really dramatic and LOUD...haha...its pretty crazy to hear the opposite.

Well just goes to show how important character is. HE was FUN!
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