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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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Magic Performing Arts Photography Sideshow Variety Arts

Scott Baker – Outside Talker at Coney Island USA

A few Sundays ago I wondered out to Coney Island to visit and watch Scott Baker.

He was working as the ‘outside talker’ that day for Coney Island USA Sideshow and I was able to grab a few minutes of his delightful routine.


To hear more from Scott Baker go to my earlier interview with him here.

See His One-Man show “BANG!!! The Curse of John Wilkes Booth”.
Verse, Song, Magic, Sideshow antics and standup comedy!
At the Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, NYC: Sat., Aug 11 @ 4PM; Fri., Aug. 17, 7:15PM; Tues., Aug. 21 @ 5:45; Wed., Aug. 22 @ 2PM; Sat., Aug. 25 @ 7PM

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Magic Performing Arts Photography Puppetry Sideshow Variety Arts Ventriliquist

“The Spook Show” – At the Canal Park Playhouse – Every Tues at 7pm

“Dont’ Worry – Cardone will give you a chance to leave before the most frightening final 10 minutes!”

Printed on the front of the Canal Park Playhouse production of THE SPOOK SHOW with CARDONE!

If you haven’t ever wondered over to the west end of Canal Street you are missing one of the most charming ‘little theaters’ in NYC.

A National Landmark and a Bed and Breakfast with a great little kitchen that makes the most delicious WAFFLES in Lower Manhattan.

AND…

THE SPOOK SHOW

Is AMAZING!

CARDONE is a very talented and experienced performer. Not sure if I can label him since he does so many different disciplines so well!

Magician

Ventriloquist

Escape Artist

Dime Museum Curator

Flea Circus Proprietor

Ghost Master

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The evening starts off with Cardone swallowing 3 razor blades and then …

Many moments in the show were ‘amazing’ and Cardone thought they were too!

Here is an audience member assisting Cardone levitate a small table containing the sunglasses of Elvis!

Hypnotizing the audience with the ‘magic spinning wheel’ was great

Cardone fans a deck of cards in front of an audience member so he can pick one!

After revealing the ‘chosen card’ from an envelope he thanks the heavens for another successful trick.

There were so many well done magic tricks in the show I am not sure where to begin listing them

I suggest you see the show INSTEAD!

A young audience member named Kennedy volunteered to go into the ‘time machine’ and his faced aged in front of the audience.

Another audience member helps Cardone get into the ‘straight jacket’ so he can then get out of it!

The evening was filled with fun, magic and surprises. I won’t devulge the ending as it is too much fun not to experience it!

For more information go HERE!

Canal Park Playhouse, 508 Canal Street, New York BY 10013

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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.