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SIDESHOWS BY THE SEASHORE is the last permanently housed place in the USA where you can experience the thrill of a traditional ten-in-one circus sideshow. They're here, they're real and they're alive! Freaks, wonders and human curiosities!

We perform continuous admission and we are conveniently located at the world famous Coney Island amusement park. Think about it folks, the ten-in-one circus sideshow is another Coney Island gift to culture along with other Brooklyn beach inventions like the hot dog and the roller coaster. Established by Coney Island, USA in 1985, where else would you find the world's first professional non-profit theatre dedicated to keeping alive the American sideshow?


The Sideshow Cast
YOU ARE GOING TO SEE 10 LIVE ACTS & ATTRACTIONS!


Current sideshow cast members are:

Insectavora
Serpentina
Scott Baker
Ray Valenz
Betty Bloomerz
Princess Pat
Alejandro Dubois
John Mendez
Alfonso Cruz

Please Note: Not all performers perform on the same days

Performers you can book through us:
Angelica Insectavora
Serpentina
Scott Baker
Bambi the Mermaid
The Great Fredini
Dick D. Zigun
Kryssy Kocktail
Nati Amos
Adam Realman
Ekaterina
Gary Dreifus

Lee Alan Barrett


Sideshows By The Seashore is located at the corner of Surf Avenue & West 12th Street in the heart of the Coney Island amusement park. The sideshow seats 99 people and there is a FREAK BAR (serving beer) and a GIFT SHOP in the lobby. Both the inside and the outside of our historic 1917 building are decorated in canvas sideshow banners painted by Valerie Haller or Marie Roberts. The building was originally Child's Restaurant which employed singing waiters. In the 1950's and 60's it was home to Dave Rosen's Wonderland Circus Sideshow where such legends as Sealo the Seal Boy, JoJo the Dogfaced Boy, tattooed man Jack Dracula and talker Bobby Reynolds once worked and performed. SIDESHOWS BY THE SEASHORE is available for private rentals with or without the live sideshow performers. We have been rented for weddings, rock videos, fashion photography, etc. Please call the office at (718) 372-5159

SCHEDULE FOR 2013
CONEY ISLAND CIRCUS SIDESHOW!
May 24th through May 27th, 1pm - 8pm (last ticket sold at 7pm).
June 7th through September 2nd, Daily, 1pm - 8pm (last ticket sold at 7pm)
September 6,7,8,13,14,15 1pm - 8pm (last ticket sold at 7pm).

All hours are subject to weather conditions and the size of the crowd at the amusement park on that particular day; hours of specific performers are also subject to change.

PRICE
Tickets can be purchased at the door only on the day of performance. We do not take reservations for the sideshow. The price is $10 for Adults and $5 for children under 12 years old. We reserve the right to discount our prices and run periodic specials if you can catch one. The show may also stop selling tickets during inclement weather. Please note: Mermaid Parade and 4th of July, all tickets are $10. A complete show takes approximately 45 minutes from the time you enter the show. We do not allow photography, videotaping or sound recording of the show.
HOW TO BOOK THE SIDESHOW OR OUR PERFORMERS
When we travel we perform under the name CONEY ISLAND CIRCUS SIDESHOW. We are especially interested in bookings and opportunities off-season which means November through April and also weekdays during the summer season. We are willing to travel and we have a good track record of working with corporate sponsors. We have performed in Germany on behalf of Marlboro cigarettes and in Puerto Rico on behalf of Coors Beer. We've enjoyed regular gigs at venues like BB Kings on 42nd Street and the Palace of Wonders in Washington, DC. We've been booked by groups as disparate as Levi's, Virgin Mobile and the NY Times; performed at many colleges including Dartmouth, New York University, CW Post and Brooklyn College; worked nightclubs including Tunnel, Expo, Spy Bar, Roseland, Palladium, Supper Club and Pyramid; and performed at the Museum of the City of NY, the NY Historical Society and the Brooklyn Historical Society. We have been seen on numerous television shows including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jerry Springer, Sally Jesse Rafael, RuPaul, Joan Rivers, Jon Stewart, Ripley's Believe it or Not!, Entertainment Tonight, Strange Universe and Nightline.

There are three ways to book the Coney Island Circus Sideshow.

THE COMPLETE SHOW

Includes a cast of six performers (and one stage manager) performing ten different acts, canvas sideshow banners, large props such as blade box, electric chair, bed of nails and a 15 foot albino Burmese Python. Call for specifics.

THE COMPACT SHOW

A smaller version of the complete show, but with five performers and hand props only.

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMERS
Individual performers can be booked alone; big props and transportation may cost extra. Call for specifics.

RATES WITHIN NEW YORK CITY
Complete Show: $3,500
Compact Show: $3,000
Individual Performers: $600

OUT OF TOWN (WITHIN 2 HOUR DRIVE OF NEW YORK CITY)

Complete Show: $4,000
Compact Show: $3,500
Individual Performers: $750

LONG DISTANCE BOOKINGS
Complete Show: $5,000
Compact Show: $4,500
Individual Performers: $1,000

Additional expenses may occur for out of town bookings.

For more information about booking the show call 718-372-5159 or email us at bookings@coneyisland.com



SIDESHOW SCHOOL
AT SIDESHOWS BY THE SEASHORE

Have you ever dreamed of running away with the circus? Or perhaps you've always thought you had the sex appeal to be a burlesque star, but lacked that secret knowledge? Did anyone ever call you a freak? Well, now’s your chance to become one! Coney Island USA is proud to announce its latest program- SIDESHOW SCHOOL!

Work with some of the greatest talents in the business to learn the ins and outs of the working acts of the sideshow- Fire Eating, Snake Charming, The Human Blockhead, Sword Swallowing, Magic and More!! The class culminates with students actually performing in the Coney Island Circus Sideshow!

All students will be offered performance time on stage and will be required to sign a "hold harmless" agreement before taking any classes.

Click here for information about upcoming classes.


 
 

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Stars of the 1995 sideshow cast

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