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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


THIS! is

The Seashore Variety Hour!


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

Advance tickets HERE!


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.

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I will be there photographing the festivities!


Vaudevisuals Interview

Vaudevisuals interview with Tyler West – “The Wait”

Vaudevisuals’ Jim Moore sat down with Tyler West and found out about Tyler’s new show and his performance work.

Tyler will be performing at The Slipper Room on July 19th, 2019 at 9:30 & 10:30 shows.

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Bindlestiff’s “brooklyn abridged” show at The Connelly Theater

Bindlestiff’s own Keith Nelson begins the wonderful show!

Ermiyas Muluken (from Ethopia) performs his amazing ‘ladder act’.

The multi-talented Cassady Rose Bonjo performed her ‘hula-hoop’ act.

Flying high above the stage was the remarkable Kenneth Stephen Neil.

Bringing the audience back to the sideshow Keith Nelson performs ‘blockhead’.

What goes into the head must come out. Keith removes the nail from his skull

Angela Buccinni and Yoni Kallal perform their wonderful acrobatic duo act.

Esther de Monteflores manipulates the cigar boxes with finese.

Cassady Rose Bonjo performs another of her many skills.

Esther de Monteflores performs a lovely and very unique slack wire act.

Ermiyas Muluken performs a ‘wild’ high rolla bolla act.

Curtain call for all the incredible performers at the ‘brooklyn abridged’ show.

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Composer/Music Director – Sxip Shirey

Audio Design – Kris Anton

Band – Sxip Shirey and Nathan Repasz

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Comedy Waterfront Barge Museum

Waterfront Museum Presents “Circus Afloat”.


Learn about the historic Waterfront Barge Museum!

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Bindlestiff Open Stage – Nov 6th, 2017

Dixon Place hosted another great night of Variety presented by The Bindlestiff Open Stage. The first Monday of every month (almost every month) Keith Nelson hosts a wonderful evening of variety. This week was spectacular with a full house!

Host Keith Nelson opens the show with his ‘Chinese YoYo’.

Pamela Wess performed a clown piece with lots of special juggling and other twists.

Olga Karmansky & Anna Venizelos performed a beautiful contortion duo act

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Tanya Solomon performed a wonderful and scary magic trick.
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Hélène Demé Elzévir performed a wild story in mimic and sound effects.
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Sam Malcolm was clever, funny and juggled knives.
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Will Shaw added ‘deadpan’ to the show with his unique sense of timing and piano.
Will Shaw is a very seasoned professional. He even seasons his piano keys.
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Jenny Tufts performed an amazing hula hoop act.
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Keith always uses this show to practice his delightful yo-yo tricks.
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Collette Campbell performed a fun and personal clown piece.
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Mr. Spring attended a whole new hand balancing act to the show.
Posing for photographs before starting his hand balancing act.
  This act takes much discipline and hard work.
Amazing physical control in his act.
His daughter Gemma got into the show in a big way!
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Snö Bunta performed an amazing contortion act.
 Amazing physical dexterity in these moves.
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To finish the wonderful evening of variety Keith Nelson did a new plate-spinning act.
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‘The Handsome Little Devils’ at Barfly in Denver, Colorado


performed by ‘The Handsome Little Devils‘.

On the outskirts of Denver there exist an adorable ‘beat’ bar named after Charles Bukowski’s “Barfly” film. It is next door to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on West Colfax Avenue.

The night I attended the show featured ‘The Handsome Little Devils‘ duet. The show included juggling, magic, smoke, audience participation and a really fun time! This was the 1st night they were presenting this show at this venue! They will return EVERY first Wed of the month

Here are a few images I captured that night.

Cornelius doing a wonderful ‘hat juggling’ routine.

Audience participation was a key element in this show.

Cornelius doing a ‘$100 dollar bill penetration’ magic illusion.

Cornelius  (Mike Huling) juggling an egg, chainsaw and bowling ball!

Mike(Cornelius) and Cole Huling taking a well-deserved bow.

The company “The Handsome Little Devils” has many hands working to make these productions possible.

Mike Huling

Cole S. Huling

Dan Huling

Joseph Wartnerchaney

Coy Middlebrook

Jeff Calhoun

Check out their wonderful website for more information about their many varied successful shows!

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“The Secret Variety Society” at Pangea



2016-12-07davida_091Starting the evening off is Reverend Roper and his attempt to get all present to be ‘blessed’.

2016-12-07davida_097With kazoo and piano, Sabrina Chap provides more than ample music for the evening.


2016-12-07davida_108Wild and wonderful comrade Miss Ekaterina sways down the aisle with a bottle in hand.


 2016-12-07davida_144Magic Brian heats up the audience with his delightful magic.


2016-12-07davida_345Jenny Lee Mitchell always has the audience roaring with laughter with her many characters and musical talent.


2016-12-07davida_180The evening wouldn’t be complete without a visit from ‘Wilfredo‘. Always dancing, singing and flirting.img089

A fun evening of variety, comedy, magic, burlesque and ‘surprises’!

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The Secret Variety Society will back at Pangea on January 11th and February 8th. Both nights at 7:30 pm

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Hovey Burgess Birthday Show presented by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Dixon Place

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 11.19.55 PMCelebrating Hovey Burgess 75th Birthday

Great show and great cause! Proceeds from the evening’s show are being donated to Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.

A Night of Circus, Sideshow and Burlesque

Hovey Burgess (juggling legend, circus historian, NYU professor, chairman of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus board of directors…) is celebrating his 75th Birthday by creating a show that he wants to see. Join him for a night of entertainment.

The evening is hosted by Bindlestiff co-founder Stephanie Monseu. The line-up features an all-star cast including Kristin Olness, Boo Boo Darlin , Trixie Little
Pinkie Special, Jen Slaw, Michael Davis, Phil Marsh, Carla Rhodes, Tara Quinn, Keith Nelson, and many surprises.

Hovey asks that you do not bring him presents, instead, he requests that you contribute to Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts.

The evening is a fundraising event for Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.

In case you aren’t familiar with Hovey Burgess here is an interview I did with him several years ago. 

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Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 11.32.10 PMClick here for Part 2 of the interview

Hope you can make it! Sure to be a magnificent night of talent!


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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.

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Vaudeville’s Quick Change Acts – MR HYMACK – One of the Best!

In this series I will be profiling a few of American Vaudeville’s impressive Quick Change Artist.

This art form is not really known to today’s audiences. It was a big success back in the early 1900’s.

One of the most interesting and off beat QC artist was an englishman who went by the name MR. HYMACK.

Born Quentin McPhearson in 1870 in Middlesex, London.

Here is a newspaper clipping from The Brooklyn Eagle dated Dec. 20, 1907

His act did very well in American. He was referred to as “The Chameleon Comedian”. Here is a review from Variety dated  Jan 25. 1909

He is recorded as having performed at the Bristol Hippodrome in May  1913.

It is understood that his ‘trick flower’ was passed onto Cardini and was used in his act for many years.

Since these artists were not recorded on video or film during their ‘heyday’ it is difficult to really understand how their act was constructed.

According to IMDB he appeared in many films in made in the UK between 1931 and 1939 including ‘Storm in a Teacup’ with Rex Harrison and Vivian Leigh.

Directed by Victor Saville

Quentin McPhearson (Mr. Hymack) died at the age of 69 in 1940.

One of the few remaining Quick Change artist performing today is the Italian Arturo Brachetti.

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