Connecting up with friends from out of town is always fun. A week ago Geoff was in town from Austin and we met up in Prospect Park. Here is the interview I conducted with this young energetic magician/sideshow performer and internet ‘twitch’ show host.
~ Performing at The Southern Sideshow Hootenanny ~
Reggie is an American entertainer based in Los Angeles, California. She is ½ of Philadelphia’s Olde City Sideshow and has been performing in a sideshow for over a decade. As a solo performer, she travels the country working everything from midway to nightclubs and variety shows. Reggie is one of the few women in the world performing several unique acts such as the anatomical wonder act and riding a motorcycle in a high wire thrill show. She has appeared on The Gong Show, Americas Got Talent, been featured in stories by news outlets from Fox to NPR and in books and magazines on Tattoos and Sideshow. She has opened up for Primus, suspended for Jane’s Addiction, performed for Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and at Tattoo Conventions across the globe. She is committed to community building in the sideshow arts.
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In March of 2020, I gave a presentation – “First in Half the World – A Spiel on the Peale” – as the opening event for the USofA’s oldest sideshow convention, the Southern Sideshow Hootenanny in New Orleans. And its pitch ran something like this:
“During the War of 1812, during the siege of Ft. McHenry, there was another notable event besides the dawning of the “Star-Spangled Banner”: Under construction – the siege visible from its scaffolding – was the oldest purpose-built museum in the Western Hemisphere. The Peale Museum was the outgrowth of the Peale family’s exhibition franchise that spread across the Mid-Atlantic and typified virtually all the glories – and contradictions & conflicts – of the museum business even today. “America’s sideshow historian,” James Taylor, talks on the Peale’s history and legacy, one that highlights institutions from the Smithsonian to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! to dime museums and carnival midway shows.”
But that’s not all you’ll see here. Really, what spiel consists of only what’s advertised?
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Another great fun performance at The 6th Annual Southern Sideshow Hootenanny!
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During my 4 days documenting the Southern Sideshow Hootenanny in New Orleans in early March, I sat down with juggler Thom Wall (who performed at the Festival in the All-Star and Living Legends Show) and he talked about his niche publishing company Modern Vaudeville Press.
All the titles can be purchased at the website Modern Vaudeville Press
Juggling from Antiquity to the Middle Ages by Thom Wall
How to Become a Juggler by Rupert Ingalese
Body Talk – Basic Mime by Mano Diamond
More titles are in the works.
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The last night of the Southern Sideshow Hootenanny in New Orleans. (A ‘family’ friendly show) Quite a few different types of acts in the evening’s lineup. The VIP show at 6:15 pm was Geoff with A G and Skabz the Clown.
Geoff with A G started the evening off with a rat trap released on his eyelid!
With the assistance of Sweet Pepper Klopek to tie on his blindfold, he began to perform his mentalism act. Featuring a card reading with a blindfold. However, the cards were attached to rat traps.
Sweet Pepper Klopek guided his hand to the place that would be the card he ‘mentally’ selected. All the traps were set except the one with the card he selected.
Sharing the VIP show with Geoff was Skabz the Clown.
After pushing a plastic fork up his nose he was kind enough to accept an audience volunteer to remove it.
After a few more stunts he finished his act with a juggling routine.
The main show beginning at 7 pm was The Troupe Night. Hosted by Left Lucy.
Rabbi Ribeye was lost in time after just waking from a nap. He wandered onto the stage and introduced the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow.
Valerie Voxx climbs the dangerous sword ladder.
Rabbi Ribeye performs a magic trick for the audience.
Mab Just Mab performs an incredible fire-eating routine.
Sally Cinch shows off her amazing waist dimensions!
The next act was The Brides’ Pixie Grit Circus Sideshow from Brooklyn, NY. Lefty Lucy introduced the duo.
Trained in aerial and acrobatics and sideshow skills as well they performed many different routines.
The last but not the least act for the night was The Stolen Stitches from Pittsburgh.
Danger Dave attaches a rat trap to his groin (Censored – Family Show)as Clawdette Sm Sm holds the ‘Censored’ sign.
Entering the stage in a silver space suit Charlie Thargic had a lovely stage aura and skills to back that up.
Performing the classic sideshow ‘eye hook’ routine with a flying saucer attached to the chains hanging from her eyes.
Clawdette Sm Sm proved once again that what goes in the nose can come out the mouth.
Charlie Thargic was the body that laid on top of the bed of nails on wheels and became the substitute bowling ball knocking down the pins set up for her.
The cast of sideshow performers took the curtain call for the last night of the Hootenanny! Kali von Wunderkammer “Thanked The Audience” for their support of the weekend festivities.
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I had a chance to sit down with Geoff with AG and talk about his performance life in sideshow and how he got to be involved. It is quite a story! The performance he was preparing for was at The Southern Sideshow Hootenanny at Cafe Istanbul in New Orleans.
Along with Geoff performing his mentalist act on Sunday 3/8 was his pal Skabz The Clown. Below I have captured Skabz The Clown juggling in slow motion. Not sure what happened with my camera but this is what I got. I love it!
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Taking a short break from the festivities at The Southern Sideshow Hootenanny I found a corner of the upstairs at Cafe Instanbul and invited Sansa Asylum to do an interview for Vaudevisuals.
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Beginning his performing career in the street DANTE has moved onto stage work and music. In this interview, he talks about his life and the changes he has moved through to get to now.
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March 6-8th, 2020 – New Orleans – Cafe Istanbul
A visual survey of the 6th Annual Southern Sideshow Hootenanny. Part 1 of 3.
Monsters of Schlock hosted the ‘Sideshow Innovators’ Show – Friday, March 6th, 2020.
Jezzibel performs the infamous ‘blockhead’ act with an ice pick.
Jezzibel performs a ‘spark’ spectacular finale.
Lunival Lousion performs a wonderful hula-hoop act.
Betsy Propane entertains the audience with her lovely voice while escaping from her straight jacket.
Jared Janssen charmingly performed juggled with ‘live food’.
Betsy Ritz caught a tongue on her mousetrap while kneeling on the floor.
Dante fooled the audience with his charming magic act.
Salem added a touch of the bizarre with the outfit and magical offerings.
Salem combined the ‘blockhead’ act with the seductive.
Chatty the Mime performed silently combining the chair with mimetic skills.
Nathan McScary dazed the audience with his single-handed knot tying tricks.
Emma D’Lemma performed many skills including walking on bottles.
Sweet Pepper Klopek has his tongue caught in a mousetrap set off by his partner
The Monsters of Schlock finish off the evening’s festivities. Sweet Pepper prepares to slam the cinderblock with a sledgehammer on his partner’s groin. But first a gentlemanly hand butt.
This is the first of 3 separate shows that I documented at The Southern Sideshow Hootenanny. Check back in the next few days for photographs of the other two shows. The All-Star and Living Legends Show (Sat night) – Troupe Night(Sunday show.)
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