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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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Strange for Hire – An Eclectic Live Show @ Times Scare, NYC

Every Thursday night at Times Scare – The “Strange for Hire‘ Variety Show.

“An eclectic live show featuring sideshow acts, circus skills, burlesque beauties, and other magical doings’ (From the Strange for Hire Postcard)

Great fun and it’s every Thursday!

Times SCare Crypt CafeThe Crypt Cabaret is the home of the new “Strange for Hire’ Variety Show @ Times Scare, NYC

The Strange for Hire host is Donny VomitThe Strange for Hire host is Donny Vomit. Entertaining the audience in between acts.

Donny Vomit starts the show off with a bullwhip act.Donny Vomit starts the show off with a bullwhip act.

'The Brooklyn Juggler' Kyle Petereson.The Brooklyn Juggler Kyle Peterson finishes off a wonderful cigar box juggling routine.

Chloe helps remove the sword from Donny Vomit's throat.Audience volunteer Chloe helps remove the sword from Donny Vomit’s throat.

Dubiniperforms feats of magic and wonder.Dubini performs feats of magic and wonder.

Dubini swallows needles from the voodoo doll and then brings them back up.Dubini swallows needles from the voodoo doll and then brings them back up. 

Donny Vomit tries his hand at juggling machete knives and an apple.Donny Vomit tries his hand at juggling machete knives and an apple.

Cheeky Lane brings some sizzle to the show.Cheeky Lane brings some sizzle to the show.

Donny Vomit swallows a balloon all the way down his throat.Donny Vomit swallows a balloon all the way down his throat.

Kyle Peterson juggles clubs while riding a unicycle.Kyle Peterson juggles clubs while riding a unicycle.

donny Vomit requests from the audience that they 'tweet' the strangest thing they have had in theirr mouth.Donny Vomit requests from the audience that they ‘tweet’ the strangest thing they have had in their mouth. OMG!

Todd Robbins starts off the 2nd half of the show with 'fire eating'Todd Robbins starts off the 2nd half of the show with ‘fire eating’.

Lighting up the stage with amazing skills of fire eating.Lighting up the stage with his amazing skills.

Todd Robbins performing the sideshow miracle  'human blockhead'.Todd Robbins performing the sideshow miracle  ‘human blockhead‘.

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A great evening of unusual entertainment and fun. NY use to have many venues for eccentric performing arts and it is great to see Todd and Donny bring it back!

Coming up in the near future are the following dates:

May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 5, July 11, July 18, July 25.

There is NO REASON you shouldn’t get to STRANGE FOR HIRE at least one of these dates!

Go here for tickets.