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MELVIN BURKHART 1907-2001

Melvin Burkmart

Melvin Burkmart
  Melvin Burkmart
   
  Melvin Burkmart


Melvin Burkhart was one of the foremost sideshow performers of the 20th century; his career started in the 1930's and was active throughout the 90's. He invented both "the Human Blockhead" and "Anatomical Wonder" acts. For many years Melvin was the inside talker for the sideshow traveling with the James E. Strates Carnival (America's Largest). Melvin also worked for Ripley's Odditorium and finished his career with us in Coney Island from 1986-1990. He lived in Gibsonton, Florida and is survived by his wife Joyce.

Melvin was the greatest inspiration of all to those of us in the sideshow. His memory will live on in future generations of performers at Coney Island, USA.


     

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