Swordswallowers. Fire-breathers. Human Blockheads. Snake Charmers.
They use to be a staple on midways at State Fairs throughout the U.S. Then about 20 years, it all stopped.
But, with the retro-movement that seems to be in vogue these days-----sideshows are back.
We caught up with one such sideshow-----Circus Sideshows of Ricky’s-----at the New York State Fair, in Syracuse, New York.
Sideshows owner Ricky spoke with us about his business.
Q – Ricky, what’s your background?
How did you get involved with this business?
Q – In other words, your mother and father
were in sideshows?
Q – What did she do?
Q – For the James E. Strates Shows?
Q – Years ago, they might’ve referred to your show as a “Freak
Show” or a “Human Oddity Show”. But, none of those
descriptions seem to fit your show. So, what would you call the performers
in your show?
Q – Obviously, you don’t have those
kind of people in your show.
Q – The people in your show, seem quite
young to me. How is it that they get interested in this type of work?
Q – Do they come to you? Do you solicit
them? How does that work?
Q – Do you travel the Fair circuit? Next
week the Strates Shows head to South Carolina. Will you follow them?
Q – How did you hook up with Strates?
Q – How many months are you working the
Q – What happens after that?
Q – You’re from Pennsylvania?
Q – Would that be where the majority of
the performers come from?
Q – Can you grow this show? Can you take
it to bigger venues?
Q – You travel by what?
Q – When you’re in town, are you staying
somewhere on the grounds here?
Q – That’s a lot of money.
Q – Could you have a stationery location
for this show?
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