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  1. Cabinets of Wonder

    Cabinets of Wonder


    Skulls, butterflies, hunting trophies, ancient Egyptian artifacts, the alleged skeletons of mythological creatures, and many other mysterious oddities fill cabinets of wonder. Learn More
  2. Carny Folk

    Carny Folk: The World's Weirdest Sideshow Acts


    Incredible. Remarkable. Shocking. All True. Learn More
  3. Carny Sideshows

    Carny Sideshows: Weird Wonders of the Midway


    Step right up, Ladies and Germs, and feast your eyes on the incomparable wonders of a hidden world! Be astonished! amazed! disgusted! by brazen acts of self-destruction that no natural human body should be able to withstand! Learn More
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    Carny: Americana On The Midway


    Virginia Lee Hunter traveled throughout the U.S. for a decade photographing a slice of Americana, documenting the lives of carnies and carnival-goers alike in a body of work that is part coming-of-age chronicle, part road movie. Learn More
  5. Celebrations of Curious Characters

    Celebrations of Curious Characters


    Celebrations of Curious Characters cracks open the personal vaults of Ricky Jay—raconteur, historian, and one of the world’s great sleight-of-hand artists—exposing a wonderful world of amusing and arcane knowledge. Learn More
  6. Chang and Eng

    Chang and Eng: A Novel


    History’s most famous twins. Born in Siam in 1811—on a squalid houseboat on the Mekong River—Chang and Eng Bunker were international celebrities before the age of twenty. Learn More
  7. The Circus

    Circus: 1870-1950 (25th Anniversary Special Edition)


    The greatest show on earth! The history and legacy of the circus!

    The Circus - now accessible for everyone, at a freakishly good price. Learn More
  8. The Circus

    Circus: 1870-1950s (Bibliotheca Universalis Edition)


    Spectacular, spectacular! The history and legacy of the circus. Learn More
  9. Dissection

    Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930


    From the advent of photography in the 19th and into the 20th century, medical students, often in secrecy, took photographs of themselves with the cadavers that they dissected: their first patients. Learn More
  10. Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks

    Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks


    Melvin Burkhart the Anatomical Wonder; Zip the Pinhead; Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins; Johnny Eck, the King of the Freaks; Koo Koo the Birdgirl; and 45 more fascinating sideshow freaks both famous and obscure are immortalized in Drew Friedman’s delightful portraits. Learn More
  11. Extraordinary Exhibitions

    Extraordinary Exhibitions


    This is an informal history of sensational, scientific, silly, satisfying and startling attractions based on seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century broadsides from the Ricky Jay's extraordinary collection. Learn More
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    Eyeing The Flash


    The Education of a Carnival Con Artist Learn More
  13. Freaks & Fire

    Freaks And Fire: The Underground Reinvention of Circus


    Freaks & Fire is a free-falling leap into the world of radical circus. Learn More
  14. Freaks, Geeks & Strange Girls

    Freaks, Geeks And Strange Girls: Sideshow Banners Of The Great American Midway


    A colorful history of the carnival sideshow and its distinctive banner art. Learn More
  15. Freaks: We Who Are Not As Others

    Freaks: We Who Are Not As Others


    The Re/Search edition of this long out-of-print classic book based on Mannix's personal acquaintance with sideshow stars such as the Alligator Man and the Monkey Woman. Learn More
  16. Geek Love

    Geek Love


    GEEK LOVE is the story of a carnival family, the Binewskis. Learn More
  17. Jay's Journal Of Anomalies

    Jay's Journal Of Anomalies (Softcover)


    Conjurers. Cheats. Hustlers. Hoaxsters. Pranksters. Jokesters. Imposters. Pretenders. Side-Show Showmen. Armless Calligraphers. Mechanical Marvels. Popular Entertainments. Learn More
  18. Jivaro: Head-Hunters Of The Amazon

    Jivaro: Head-Hunters Of The Amazon


    The Jivaro Indians of the Peru-Ecuador interior have long been renowned for their ferocity and cruelty in warfare; they are also shamanistic, communing with ancient spectres through the ingestion of poisonous hallucinogens. But above all, the Jivaro are known for their unique and macabre brand of death magic - the severing and shrinking of human heads. Learn More
  19. Magic: 1400s–1950s

    Magic: 1400s-1950s (Slipcase)


    Illusion, Enchantment and Wonder! The world’s greatest magicians from the Middle Ages through the 1950s. Learn More
  20. Matthias Buchinger

    Matthias Buchinger: "The Greatest German Living": By Ricky Jay Whose Peregrinations in Search of the "Little Man of Nuremberg" are Herein Revealed


    Matthias Buchinger (1674–1739) performed on more than a half-dozen musical instruments, some of his own invention. Learn More
  21. mysterio's encyclolpedia of magic and conjuring cover

    Mysterio's Encyclopedia Of Magic And Conjuring: A Compendium of Astonishing Illusions


    Amazing Magical Wonder Deck charmed amateur and professional magicians with its gorgeous aesthetic and fiendishly clever card tricks. Learn More
  22. On Deception

    On Deception


    Throughout his life, the world’s most famous escapologist strove to expose the methods and tricks of illusionists and sham spiritualists. Learn More
  23. Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe

    Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan--and Japan to the West


    "Professor" Risley (Richard Risley Carlisle) introduced the Western circus to Japan in 1864. Learn More
  24. Secrets Of The Sideshows

    Secrets Of The Sideshows


    On small-town ballfields and county fairgrounds, the sideshow performers set up their tents and trailers in the shadow of the Ferris wheel. Learn More
  25. Shocked & Amazed! Volume 2

    Shocked And Amazed! Volume 2


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    Shocked And Amazed: On & Off The Midway! Featuring Jeanie Tomaini, 'The World's Only Living Half Girl"'!! Learn More

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