Captain Don Leslie: Sword Swallower - Circus Sideshow Attraction

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The Tattooed King of the Midway- Legendary Capt. Don Leslie. The amazing, unvarnished story of one of the greatest, most versatile sideshow performers of them all, the incredible Capt. Don Leslie, as told from his personal interviews with colorful photographs from his circus trunks.

Captain Don Leslie: Sword Swallower

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"In my lifetime I touched three centuries of the circus. When I was nineteen, people in their fifties were from the 1890's. I met entertainers who worked for P.T. Barnum. Captain Don always knew he was home when he smelled elephant sh**. Henry Goldfield Goldfield's Tattoo, San Francisco ...he is a legend. The last of his kind, literally the last man that bridges the gap in history between the sideshow, swordswallower and the modern day tattooer David Singletary Sacred Art Tattoo, Chico, California As a young boy, Capt. Don Leslie followed his dream and ran away from home to join the circus. He lived, worked and traveled with the circus sideshow for 55 years. This is his story." -Madame Chinchilla -biographer

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Author Madame Chinchilla / Mr. G (editor)
Publisher Isadore Press at Triangle Tattoo Museum
Page Count 208pp
Publication Size 8.75 x 11.25
Publication Notes softcover, full color
Publication Date September 2010
ISBN 978-0960260072

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