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Coney Island USA presents “Dead End Dummy”

Coney Island USA has been defending the honor of American Popular Culture for years. Using innovative exhibitions, and performances. Their ‘Funhouse Philosophers‘ is the resident theater company of Coney Island USA and it is under the direction of Artistic Director Dick Zigun. It is Dick Zigun who has authored this play “Dead End Dummy”. Directed by Trav S.D. with a stellar cast. I got to photograph the OPENING NIGHT performance and also got a few video clips which are presented below. 


Scott Baker in "Dead End Dummy'Scott Baker and his vent dummy Moe in “Dead End Dummy” on Opening Night.

Poor Baby Bree with Poor Baby Bree singing a song with Scott Baker and his dummy Moe close behind.

Becca Bernard performs live music with the show.Becca Bernard performs live music on piano and cello in the show.

2014.10.10_Dummy_216Scott Baker in a tense moment with his dummy Moe.

Douglas Mackrell with Scott Baker threatening him.Douglas Mackrell (playing Thomas Edison) with Scott Baker (Max) threatening him.

Scott Baker with his new companion.Scott Baker with his new companion Plugger McPat.

Trav S.D. performs as the radio DJTrav S.D. (Director of the play) performs as the radio DJ who introduces Max to the radio audience.

2014.10.10_Dummy_167Poor Baby Bree (playing Sara Hartburn) beautifully sings up a storm in the show.

2014.10.10_Dummy_145Curtain Call photo with primaries of the show. (L to R) Bree Benton, Trav S.D.(with Moe), Scott Baker, playwright Dick D. Zigun (with Plugger McPat)


Scott Baker (Max), Bree Benton (Sara Hartburn), Douglas Mackrell (Edison), Becca Bernard (Beethoven) Arianna Geneson (Shadow), Rhiannon Schaefer (Shadow) Dick D. Zigun (Playwright), Trav S.D. (Director and DJ), Kate Dale (Scenic Designer), Marie Roberts (Art Designer), Alix Martin (Master Carpenter), Sarah Lahue (Stage Manager).

Video Excerpt with Douglas Mackrell and Scott Baker.

DEAD END DUMMY is coming to La Mama if you can’t make it to Coney Island.

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Coney Island USA Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals interview with Scott Baker ‘out-takes’.

During the interview I did with Scott Baker back in 2012 I ask that we have some 'cut away' shots. They were so good I have to post them now!

Here is the link to original interview done January 18, 2012.

Loose Caboose Vaudeville Revue Variety Arts

12/28/2012 – Loose Caboose Variety Show – @ Casa Mescal, NYC

One of the last post for the year is this amazing monthly variety show which mixes the disciplines of burlesque, comedy and skilled variety performers.

This month was no exception. Located at the charming basement theater of Casa Mezcal on Orchard St. in NYC’s Lower East Side.

The host of Loose Caboose was the talented Scott Baker.The night was hosted by the wild, talented Coney Island great Scott Baker.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Kyle Peterson juggles in the Loose Caboose Variety ShowKyle Peterson juggles and makes great fun for the audience.

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The Milango style of Tango is danced by Nico and Azul.

The Milango style of Tango is danced by Nico and Azul with grace and style.

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GiGi Bon Bon performs at the Loose Caboose Variety Show.Beautiful GiGi BonBon lit up the stage with her burlesque act.

GiGi Bon Bon sheds some attire for the cheering crowd.

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Scott Baker promotes one of the Raffle prizes – Dube Juggling Balls.

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Scott Baker performs a magic wiener trick with audience member Matthew.

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Tina Cicone in a sexy dance routine at Loose Caboose Variety Show.

Tina Cione has some skills that capture the audience by surprise.

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Rob Lathan gets the audience rillied up as Jeff Foxworth’s brother.

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Kelsey Strauch doing a split at the Loose Caboose Variety ShowKelsey Strauch performs wonderful feats of jugging and dare.

Kelsey Strauch performing in a mod 1960's costune at Loose Caboose.Kelsey Strauch performs in a 1960’s attire that just works.

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MC Scott Baker and stage kitten Tawdry Owl pick the raffle winner.

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Dangrr Doll finished the night with a sultry burlesque.Dangrr Doll finished the night with a sultry burlesque.

Dangrr Doll heats up the house with a smile and style.Dangrr Doll heats up the house with a smile and style.

Dangrr Doll in a ‘Marilyn pose’ in this b&w retro photograph.

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For more information on upcoming shows go to the Facebook page here.

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

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.

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