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Coney Island USA ~ Ask the Experts: Trav S.D. ~ “More than Munchkins: A History of Performing Little People”

Ask The Experts: Trav S.D. – Live on Zoom

For centuries Little People have been a mainstay of popular entertainment. In this illustrated talk, author and performer Trav S.D. traces the historical ups and downs of very short-statured entertainers from medieval times through the era of P.T. Barnum and dime museums, to side shows and circuses, to vaudeville, to movies and television. Along the way, we trace the evolution of the Little Person’s image in popular culture, from one of cruel derision in the age of the court jester…to one of glamour, as personified by sex symbol and Emmy-winning actor Peter Dinklage…to a virtual return to carny days on reality tv.

Bio: Writer/performer Trav S.D.’s books include No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Made Vaudeville Famous (2005), Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies (2013) and Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville (2020). He has spoken at such venues as the Modern of Modern Art, Columbia University, NYU, Brooklyn College, the New York Public Library, and of course the Coney Island Museum, His blog Travalanche contains the world’s largest repository of vaudeville biographies, and much more. Read him daily at travsd.wordpress.com

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Magic at Coney! Every Sunday at Noon…

Visited ‘The Coney Island Museum‘ last Sunday for the weekly ‘Magic at Coney‘ show.

Great magicians every Sunday and every week there are different ones! I loved the show.

Here are some photographs I took of the wonderful and mystifying performers that day.

Master of Ceremonies and the magic man himself Gary Dreifus.

Jim Vines was a treat. His close up magic was amazing. He worked with coins &  bills.

David Schwartz did a wonderful set of magic that included cards and mind reading.

Yup! He picked his card after it being buried deep in the frozen block of ice. (notice hammer!)

A few volunteers from the audience were asked to select a movie in their head. He picked it!

Lee Alan Barrett had a great sense of humor and timing with wonderful magic skills.

Lee and audience volunteer are amazed at the rope knot.

 Lee solicits an opinion from the audience volunteer about the trick.

Harry Mandel had a nice selection of wonderful mind benders for the audience.

The burning urn produced the card this audience volunteer had selected. 

With the assistance of 3 audience volunteers to secure the handcuff and locks he then escaped from locks after putting his hands in the burlap bag.

Curtain call for the wonderful magicians that performed. Outstanding lineup.

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Coney Island Side Show USA – BB Kings Dec. 30, 2010

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When I walked into the show Coney Island Sideshow USA at BB Kings the other day I had a feeling I was walking back in time. Or taking a step into a past that was vibrant and alive with performers who loved presenting for the ‘people’.

My love of Coney Island and it’s history is probably why I made this blog entry look like photographic postcards I found in a dusty steam trunk in my aunt’s attic. Discovering the ‘sideshow’ was something that happened to me as a young man walking into Al Flosso’s Magic shop on West 34th St. He had a picture on the wall of Dreamland Circus Sideshow with all the performers standing in front of the entrance posing for the photograph I was looking at. It was dated 1931. I wanted to think that Dreamland Circus Sideshow and Luna Park were still open for attendance. I would have loved to have had that experience.

Dick D. Zigun (the founder of  Coney Island Sideshow and Coney Island Museum.) presents this delightful show at different venues around town during the winter months.(Warm weather at their home on Coney Island-one of the few buildings still standing)  A great lineup for a wonderful show of talent and skills that aren’t to be found in our media/television heavy 21st century.

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The Great Fredini

The Great Fredini hosted the show and performed his sword swallowing. (to start with)

Audience volunteer helps The Great Fredini pull a sword from his throat.

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Princesss Pat

The cast of the afternoon’s show was all a public could want in variety.

Princess Pat dances sultry with her large ‘live’  snake.

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The Amazing Amy

‘The Amazing Amy’ twisted herself into many impossible yoga positions set to techno music.

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Adam Rinn

A ‘postcard’ pic if I ever saw one

Here is ‘wildman’ Adam Rinn with two young women standing on his chest thru a bed of nails which he also seems to be laying on.

Adam Rinn doing a magical cigarette trick. Swallowing?

A multi-skilled performer Adam Rinn eats fire.

Here Adam Rinn is blowing fire.

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The Great Fredini puts Princess Pat in a box which he then stuck 30 blades into.

He then invited audience members up on stage to see her in the box.

The Great Fredini explains to audience members the story behind the box while they look in at Princess Pat.

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Jennifer Miller – Zenobia

One of the ‘Original’ members of the Coney Island Sideshow and a wonderful performer in many disciplines.

She is juggling machetes!

A ghost like shot of Jennifer Miller juggling her machetes.

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The Great Fredini and The Electric Chair.

With audience members The Great Fredini is able to electrify them and get a florescent bulb to illuminate in one of their hands.

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The show was completed with Princess Pat dancing for the audience.

A great afternoon of entertainment and a lot of exotic surprises that weren’t expected.

See them next at THE HIGHLINE BALLROOM on January 2, 2010.

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May you have an exotic, amazing, delightful, serene, exciting and peaceful NEW YEAR!