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The Seashore Variety Hour at Coney Island USA – August 1st, 2019

Steeplechase’s own ‘Funny Face’ (Brendan Schweda) the first to take the stage and introduce the show.

San Francisco based ‘chair stacking balance’ performer MeeZee hosted the evening with Coney Island based sword swallowing, aerialist Wendy Blades.

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Featuring the other talents of Koo Koo The Bird Girl, Jelly the Clown and Rasutin’s Marionettes.

Koo Koo The Bird Girl started the show off with her wonderful eccentric act.

Koo Koo performed blind folded in an aerial hoop and was wonderful.

The Seashore Variety Hour had their clown act too! Jelly The Clown.

Jelly the Clown couldn’t seem to keep his red clown nose on so he nailed in to his skull.

Then Wendy Blades got dressed in a straight jacket (with the assistance of MeeZee) and escaped!

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MeeZee introduced Matt Scott Rasputin and his charming sideshow marionettes.

The finesse of Matt Scott Rasputin’s control over these puppets was wonderful. Here is the sword swallower wetting the sword before it goes down the hatch.

The ‘tap dancing dandy’ was amazing in how he kept the beat with his music and tap shoes.

Wendy Blades swallowed the sword as MeeZee watches in astonishment.

MeeZee performs one of his ‘impossible’ hand balancing feats on the stacked chairs.

Wendy closed the show with a ‘fast’ aerial rope spinning act.

For more information on The Seashore Variety Hour visit their site here!

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The Seashore Variety Hour @Coney Island USA

ONE NIGHT ONLY – Thursday August 1st, 2019

The Seashore Variety Hour!

Classic American Circus and Sideshow

Circus and Sideshow for the modern day.

STARRING: The Human Sword Basket, Wendy Blades & The Chairman of Cheers, MeeZee!


Paying homage to the rich tradition of American Circus and Sideshow in a family friendly atmosphere, The Seashore Variety Hour includes new music by Portland Oregon favorites, Three For Silver. In addition, The Seashore Variety Hour presents the extraordinary marionette stylines of Rasputin’s Marionettes.

You’ve never seen anything like it, I promise!

Special Guest! Koo Koo the Bird Girl

COME! LOOK! SEE! BE AMAZED!

THIS! is

The Seashore Variety Hour!

$20!

1 FREE ride on Deno’s Wonder Wheel & 1 Coney Island Brewery beer WITH EACH TICKET PURCHASED!

Advance tickets HERE!

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

All ticket sales are non-refundable and WILL CALL only to be picked up night of performance, at our box office at 1208 Surf Avenue. TICKETS WILL NOT SHIP. There are no extra service fees for online purchase.

For more information/tickets!

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I will be there photographing the festivities!

 

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Joey Joey – Washington Square Street Performer film – 1989

JOEY JOEY – A film by Ilse Somers

Shot entirely in Washington Square Park during one of Joey-Joey’s performances. Ilse Somers (High Heels, Low Tide 2012) assembled a great camera crew and shot some wonderful footage of Joey performing live. This kind of performance was a regular occurrence in the park. Many other performers took this spot to entertain the ‘built-in’ audiences. Charlie Barnett was one of the other comedians that got his start in this park.

I was friends with Joseph Colon (lost contact after he moved to Europe) and I had the chance to document many of his performances as well as some shots in the studio. Here is one of them.

I really miss those days in Washington Square Park in the late 1980’s. It was a hot bed for great talent working on their material. Like a 20th Century Vaudeville circuit at home in NYC!

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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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