Visited the newly renovated SLIPPER ROOM on Orchard Street and interviewed Coney Island’s own Adam RealMan. He does all of the following:
THE ELECTRIC CHAIR
THE BED OF NAILS
RAZOR BLADE EATING
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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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
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 Backand better than ever! I am posting a several videos for your enjoyment.