James Taylor: The Perfection Of Curiosity

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The Perfection of Curiosity
What You Need to Know About “Weirdness as Entertainment”

What is “sideshow,” and why does it seem to be the backdrop for so much of what we see in the show biz? As recently as the end of the last century, sideshow performance – “weirdness as entertainment,” from sword swallowers to glass eaters to fire breathers to human blockheads – was on the wane everywhere in the variety entertainment business, itself an apparently endangered species. Now on the rebound everywhere, extreme performance is still the most misunderstood of all the show biz forms, be it the exhibition of “freaks” or the presentation of freakish entertainment. Sideshow and variety entertainment historian James Taylor – who’s been called “the world’s foremost authority on sideshow” – debunks the myths of the business and helps show why novelty & variety entertainment remains the most vital of the performing arts.
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By: The Southern Sideshow Hootenanny

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