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Cardone’s ‘Spook Show’ Comes to Dixon Place

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Just in time for Halloween, Dixon Place and Vaudevisuals present legendary punk rock magician Cardone in his vintage spookshow The House of Ghostly Haunts. The show will be performed for one night only on October 30, 2018.

A master magician with remarkable sideshow flair, Cardone moves seamlessly from magic to mentalism to ventriloquism, offering an unforgettable evening of astonishing illusions and a few spine-tingling scares. The show revives the spookshows of yesteryear for a 21st century audience, with Cardone swallowing razor blades, escaping from a strait jacket, and performing dangerous feats and astounding acts of prestidigitation before unleashing a parade of poltergeists in a spooktacular blackout finale.

Begun in the 1930s by the magician Elwin-Charles Peck, early spookshows turned spiritualism into and evening of entertainment. Instead of a serious attempt to communicate with dead loved ones, the illusions associated with spiritualism were presented as eerie tricks and harmless scares. Later, spookshows moved to movie theatres and started riffing off of B horror films and monster movies. Spiritualist hosts were replaced by mad scientists and spookshows became more gruesome with decapitations, limb severing, and impalement. By the 1960s the gimmicky tricks of the spookshow started to seem quaint, and after The Exorcist, the nature of horror movies changed dramatically. Audiences disappeared and spookshows vanished from popular entertainment.

Bringing back the spookshow tradition with The House of Ghostly Haunts, Cardone serves up a madcap night of macabre illusions. A hybrid of magic, horror, and sideshow banter, The House of Ghostly Haunts is a family-friendly interactive show full of chuckles and chills.

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Cardone is an award winning magician, escape artist, and ventriloquist. The first person to perform the deadly Milk Can Escape at Coney Island USA, he was inducted in the prestigious “Order of Merlin” from the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

An artistic incubator since 1986, Dixon Place is a Bessie and Obie Award-winning non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature & visual art at all stages of development.

Vaudevisuals.com celebrates the eccentric performance arts and is led by Jim Moore an American photographer who has documented the variety arts since the 1970s. His photographs helped Philippe Petit plan his tightrope-walking stunt between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 and were prominently featured in the Oscar-winning film Man on Wire. In November, “Vaudevisuals.com”, the chronicle of ‘eccentric’ performing arts will be 9 years old.

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Circus Amok Entertains in Prospect Park – Sept 17, 2017

On the warm and beautiful Sunday afternoon in Prospect Park last Sunday I attended the delightful antics of CIRCUS AMOK.

This was the last stop in a multi-park tour they did this summer. The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Sunset Park and now Prospect Park.

Gathering together some of New York’s finest performers, Circus Amok is a real treat for audiences of all ages.

Founded and directed by the juggler, Professor (Pratt Institute) and former Coney Island USA Sideshow performer Jennifer Miller.

I captured some photographs and video of that day’s festivities. BUT if you really want to witness Circus Amok you have to see them LIVE!

I was there 15 minutes before the show and captured some backstage shots.

Seated (with hat)Lee Houck with band and Carlton Cyrus Ward with Clare Dolan.(stilts)

Heather Green

Jenny Romaine

Mark Ettinger on Trumpet, Lee Free on Drums

Heather Green, Jules Skloot, Carlton Ward, Jennifer Miller, Ariel Federow, Kali Theirren, & Claire Dolan.

Ariel Federow and Jules Skloot. (Band in background)

Jennifer Miller and Carlton Ward as The Liberty Sisters.

Ben Meyers on the Trombone

The cast – Heather Green, Jules Skloot, Carlton Ward, Jennifer Miller, Ariel Federow, Kali  Theirren, Clare Dolan

The Cast doing a Pyramid Balance.

The Curtain Call with Cast and Circus Amok Band. 

(The Circus Amok Band was Jenny Romaine, Lee Free, Mary Feaster, Mark Ettinger (filling in for Jessica Lurie.)

For more information on CIRCUS AMOK visit their website here!

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Avner the Eccentric – “Exceptions to Gravity” – Canal Park Playhouse – March 2013

“EXCEPTIONS TO GRAVITY”

I hadn’t seen Avner the Eccentric perform in quite a long time. I think it was June 1983 at the First New York Clown Theatre Festival. His show was delightfully simple and very funny! At close range (Canal Park Playhouse is a very intimate theatre) Avner was able to relate to the audience in a very unique and personal way.

Avner the Eccentric at Canal Park PlayhouseAvner enchants the audience with his charm.

Avner balancing a featherBalancing a feather never looked so easy.

Avner trying to work with a ladder in the show.Working with a ladder in the show never looked so difficult but very funny.

Avner looks at the audience with a question.Avner looks at the audience with a question in his mind and his ears bend over.

Avner and his famous napkin eating routine.Avner salutes the audience while enjoying a plate full of napkins.

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Avner the Eccentric’s show “Exceptions to Gravitiy” is full of surprises. Lots of fun for any age or intellectual capacity.

 

 

 

Go here for more information and ticket info

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