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First Ever Rock & Roll Circus Benefit ~ Thursday 4/29

What an amazing LINEUP!

Tickets are on sale now for our 2021 Spring Virtual Gala on Thursday, April 29th at 7pm, ET! A Night of High-Voltage Entertainment Produced in Cooperation with @jessemalin, @theboweryelectric and @rollinglivestudios!
The gala will feature a line-up of East Village and Coney Island personalities performing songs, spoken word, burlesque, and sideshow feats.
Tickets are $20. Donations made during the broadcast go directly to Coney Island USA, your Non-Profit Arts Organization at the beach!
Get all of the details at our event page! Invite your friends and thanks for your support!

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‘Once Upon a Time In Coney Island’. 12/5/20 ~ A Benefit

Life hasn’t been the same without the joy of visiting Coney Island USA! Not being able to see the shows, chat with friends and eat some popcorn at the Freak Bar. This Saturday the folks there have organized an amazing cast of ‘very important’ people for your viewing pleasure!

From their site: Once Upon a Time in Coney Island, a salon-like evening of readings, stories, performances, and memories that capture the heart and soul of the People’s Playground. Hosted by the inimitable Adam Realman, our Museum benefit will feature luminaries including Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, Kevin Baker, Bill Griffith, Todd Robbins, Richard Eagan, Trav SD, and others to be announced. Amid the chaos and strife that defined 2020, this special event is an easy escape into the wonders of Coney Island. Apart but together, we’ll focus on what makes this place so magical … and with your generous support, begin the next chapter in its spectacular story.

For more information go visit them ‘virtually’ and see what is in store for you when you attend this ‘Grand Event’.

Ticket sales end on Saturday, December 5, at 12pm ET

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Coney Island USA “Ask the Experts” ~ Wed. Nov. 18th, 2020 Rebroadcast.

Coney Island USA presented a wonderful evening of discussion and interviews. Hosted by Adam Realman and featuring photographer/publisher Jim R Moore and writer/producer/performer Trav SD. The discussion topic was the new book from Vaudevisuals Press ~ “Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville.”

For more information and/or to purchase the book “Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville” click here.

So many other great events happening at Coney Island USA!

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Coney Island USA Benefit – Amazing Night for All!

CONEY ISLAND USA BENEFIT SPECTACULAR

Fred Kahl and Dick ZigunThe Great Fredini (Fred Kahl) and Coney Island USA founder/director Dick Zigun.

Adam Bishop and Patrick David Wall

Bambi The Mermaid and Chuck Varga

Reverend Billy and his megaphone reached out to all those present to honor Coney Island USA and Founder  Dick Zigun.

Coney Island’s ‘in house’ photog Norman Blake hard at work capturing the essence of Coney Island USA for years!

Tiger Bay (Miss Coney Island 2017) Patrick Salazar (Mr. Strange) and Fancy Feast (Miss Coney Island 2016

Velvet Crayon performing some of his own tunes.

Adam Realman performs his awesome cigarette swallowing act.

The Great Fredini performs the infamous sideshow trick “human blockhead” with 2 ice picks.

Mat Fraser performs the ‘Sealo the Seal Boy’ act made famous by Stanley Berent in 1941.

Jennifer Miller performed a juggling act with machetes and a hysterical monolog.

Fire eating performer Nola Star lights up the stage with fire and heat! Wonderful act!

Tesla coil, fire and wild makeup are the token ingredients for Jellyboy the Clown.

Unzipping the overalls and revealing the bird costume was burlesque performer Tiger Bay’s act.

One of the many Auction Table’s where curious and wonderful items were going to the highest bidder.

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Reverend Billy with his megaphone preaches to the crowd!

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“Ward Hall – King of the Sideshow” book launch party and talk.

WARD HALL is the man who for over 50 years has performed/produced and lived in the ‘sideshow’.

Last night we were honored to hear him talk about his life, his work and most of all about the people he met in the sideshow.

“WARD HALL – THE KING OF SIDESHOW” is a new book authored by Tim O’Brien. It tells the stories Ward shared with us last night as well as many more from his life.

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The evening was chock full of ‘sideshow’ dignitaries.  Host by Todd Robbins and featuring Donny Vomit, Marlena Dee, Adam Realman and Harley Newman.

The music was provided by a wonderful group “The Bailsmen“.

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The evening began at the lovely MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM on 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn.

Ward Hall talking about sidehsowAuthor Tim O’Brien (seated) and Ward Hall talk to a overflowing crowd of attendees in the basement during the talk by Ward.

2014.07.24_WardHall_067Ward Hall (84 years young) was very expressive about the people he worked with during his years in the sideshow.

2014.07.24_WardHall_049The Morbid Anatomy Museum has a basement equipped for talks and presentations of this kind. It was a FULL HOUSE!

Tim O'Brien autographs the new book.Author Tim O’Brien signs a book during the presentation for “Ward Hall -King of The Sideshow”.

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The evenings festivities moved to THE ROCKSHOP where the ‘Sideshow’ was going to start any minute.

The Bailsmen performing at The Rockshop.Opening the show was the wonderfully talented band The Bailsmen.

Todd Robbins certainly knows how to get someones attentionWhat better person to MC this amazing show that sideshow eccentric TODD ROBBINS.

Donny Vomit followed Todd by using a whip to break a noodle off his head.DONNY VOMIT followed Todd by using a whip to break a noodle off his head.

2014.07.24_WardHall_122DONNY VOMIT juggles two sharp machete knives and an apple. He was able to take bites out of the apple during his act.

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Marlena Dee swallows a coat hanger.The lovely Marlena Dee was up next on stage. A rather talented young lady with looks to match. Swallow a coat hanger? Sure!

Marlena Dee swallows a sword while doing a split!Marlena Dee swallows a sword while doing a split!

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Coney Island USA’s Adam Realman takes the stage and bends a large nail in half.

Adam Realman bends a large nail into a horseshoe shape.

2014.07.24_WardHall_310Adam Realman blows up a enima bottle until it exploded! Strong man tactics are his specialty.

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Well, Ward Hall was upstairs signing books and talking sideshow with all the interested people. He came down to the stage area and gave a ‘talk’ about Todd Robbins and the sideshow shows today.

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2014.07.24_WardHall_195Ward Hall talks to the audience about his sideshow and the current state of affairs.

Todd Robbins lights up the room with his glass eating stunt.Todd Robbins lights up the room with his glass eating stunt.

Todd Robbins examines the half eaten light bulb as he chews on the other part.Todd Robbins examines the half eaten light bulb as he chews on the other part

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Harley Newman always has surprises for his audiences.Harley Newman always has surprises for his audiences. Don’t let that big smile fool you.

Harley Newman produces tennis balls from his mouth.Harley Newman produces tennis balls from his mouth.

Harley Newman waves good bye to the audience after his amazing feat!Harley Newman waves good bye to the audience after his amazing feat!

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Websites of Interest

Morbid Anatomy Museum

The Rockshop

Huffington Press/Weird News

Todd Robbins

Adam Realman

Donny Vomit

Marlena Dee

Harley Newman

Tim O’Brien

Ward Hall

HuffPost Weird News hosted the event, in coordination with the Morbid Anatomy Museum, COED.comHendrick’s GinBulleit Bourbon,Narragansett BeerHobNob Wines and Solber Pupusas.

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New York Variety All Stars – @ Coney Island USA – July 17th, 2013

What great chemistry this trio has! Talent, charm and pizazz!

Cardone kick starts the show with his 'energy'.Cardone kick starts the show with his ‘energy’.

Kryssy Kocktail performs the 'human blockhead' as a show opener!Kryssy Kocktail performs the ‘human blockhead’ as a show opener!

The New York Variety All Stars request that an audience member remove the nails from all their noses.The New York Variety All Stars request that an audience member remove the nails from all their noses.

Adam Realman swallows a few lit cigarettes for the audience.Adam Realman swallows a few lit cigarettes for the audience.

Adam Realman and Kryssy Kocktail swallow swords together.Adam Realman and Kryssy Kocktail swallow swords together.

Sultry Kryssy Kocktail swallows her second balloon with expertise.Sultry Kryssy Kocktail swallows her second balloon with expertise.

Cardone does a wonderful Elvis illusion.Cardone does a wonderful Elvis illusion.

The NY AllStars Cardone and Adam Realman blow fire while Kryssy  looks on!

2013.07.17_AllStars.383Curtain Call for a great show!

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More information on the New York Variety All Stars go here.

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TOPSY TURVY – Coney Island Artists and the Amusement Utopia @ Deutsche Bank

Marie A Robert's painting. "Circus Sideshow"Here is a photograph I took of the painting by Marie A. Roberts.  This is the first piece of art you see as you enter the hallway.

Marie A Robert’s painting. “Circus Sideshow”

My visit to the lower level Gallery at the Deutsche Bank building at 60 Wall Street was a far reach from Coney Island!

However, there was a lovely exhibit by some of Coney Island artists on display for this ‘special’ showing last night.

On hand were The New York Variety All Stars to entertain the exhibit viewers.

Adam Realman struggles to bend a large thick nail bare handed.Adam Realman struggles to bend a large thick nail bare handed.

Adam Realman shows off the bent nail.Adam Realman shows off the bent nail.

Cardone mystifies the audience of viewers with his amazing card trick.Cardone mystifies the audience of viewers with his amazing card trick.

I got there too late to get pictures of the other member of the trio Kryssy Kocktail

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The artists being exhibited are as follows: (Click on the link for more information on these artists)

Bambi the Mermaid / Aaron Beebe / Zoe Beloff / Coney Island Hysterical Society / Homer Croy / Richard Egan

William F. Mangels / Philomena Marano / Steve Powers / Marie A. Roberts / Dick D. Zigun

The exhibit can be viewed by Collectors and Curators. Contact Aaron Beebe here. Curator of the Exhibit.

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Adam Realman @ The Slipper Room

Coney Island Sideshow canvas painted by Marie Roberts
Coney Island Sideshow canvas painted by Marie Roberts

Visited the newly renovated SLIPPER ROOM on Orchard Street and interviewed Coney Island’s own Adam RealMan. He does all of the following:
SWORD SWALLOWING
FIRE EATING
HUMAN BLOCKHEAD
GLASS WALKING
ESCAPES
THE ELECTRIC CHAIR
THE BED OF NAILS
RAZOR BLADE EATING
WHIP CRACKING
STRONG MAN
EATING LIT CIGARETTES
MASTER OF MAGIC
The Coney Island Sideshow has been relocated to The Slipper Room while the Coney Island USA site gets rebuilt after the hurricane Sandy took it’s tool there.
Adam talks about his work as a ‘strongman‘ and ‘sideshow‘ performer.

More photographs of Adam and the Coney Island Sideshow at BB Kings can be seen here.
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