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Coney Island USA Exhibit Performing Arts Photography Sideshow

Chris Allison – @ 2009 at Coney Island Sideshow – “Coney Island Chris”

CAllison.5Chris Allison and I did a series of ‘promo’ shots for his “Coney Island Chris” website.

The side show at Coney Island was still active and run by John Strong.

Chris Allison had this to say about the day:

“I remember heading out to Coney Island that day to shoot pictures with Jim. We had no idea John Strong was going to be set up there. I had met John at the Sideshow gathering and thought lets see if we could shoot some pic’s on his lot. ….. John was very gracious to let us shoot wherever we wanted…. great pictures that day! Thanks John and thanks Jim!”

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Photography Sideshow The Slipper Room Video

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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Performing Arts Photography Sideshow Video

Summer 2011 – Coney Island Side Show

The hurrican Sandra is upon us and I found something to make us warmer.

A nice video from this last Summer where I was invited to photograph Tanya Solomon ‘outside talking’ on the ‘bally platform’ at Coney Island Sideshow.

Established in 1985 by Coney Island US. The still running ‘Sideshows by the Seashore” is a ten-in-one circus sideshow.

This is directly from their website.

Here are a photograph I took out from and the video of Tanya at work.

Pictured here left to right is Mat Fraser ‘The Seal Boy’, Tanya Solomon, and Serpentina

Video of Tanya working in front of the Coney Island Sideshow.

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Circus Magic Music Performing Arts Photography Sideshow Variety Arts Video

Scott Baker – A Video Interview and more…

I first met Scott Baker at BB Kings’ music club in Times Square. We were attending the Coney Island Sideshow by the Seashore performance.

The show was ‘on tour’ and I wanted to do some photography of the show. Scott Baker sat across from me at the table and we talked  ‘sideshow‘ and variety arts. Lots in common regarding our favorite performers and genres.

Not long after that evening I heard Scott was in ‘chemo therapy’ for cancer. I  hoped for the best!

Once I heard he was better I wanted to interview him about his work as a  ‘Human blockhead, fire eater, glass eater, escape artist, master magician, ventriloquist, eats live crickets and lit cigarettes, swallows and regurgitates razor blades, performs levitations, outside talker.’.

We met a music rehearsal space near Times Square and the room was perfect for the interview. I ask Scott about his illness and he wrote this:

“To some, hearing that you have “The Big C” is a death sentence. It only made me furious, and I was determined to not let it get the better of me. Going for chemo and getting a radiation per day for seven weeks, I worked until I simply couldn’t move. It was extremely rough going, but through the miracle of modern science, medicine, and the faith of many friends, we kicked the thing! I had to learn to do many things all over again, and now hopefully do them much better. For the record, I had cancer of the squamous cells on upper left soft palate. To this day, nobody knows how I got it!”

Scott is Back and better than ever! I am posting a several videos for your enjoyment.

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Sideshow banner painter Marie Roberts paints Scott Baker

Scott Baker Banner by Marie Roberts

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One of Scott’s achievements has been to be the star in a film! BALLY MASTER.

Scott Baker is the BALLY TALKER
Title of film about Scott Baker on Coney Island Sideshow

BALLY MASTER Directed by: Gary Beeber

5 Awards for Best Documentary

Get it here!

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Here are some other links to sites that contain information on Scott Baker.

http://www.staythirstymedia.com/200706c/html/0507coneyisland_scottbaker.html

http://www.coneyisland.com/per.scott.shtml

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Last but not least is Scott talking about Passion and Vision.