For fans of carnivals, circuses, sideshows, and human oddities.

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    Wonder When You'll Miss Me


    Follow sixteen-year-old Faith Duckle in this audacious and darkly funny tale as she moves through the difficult journey from the schoolyard to the harlequin world of the circus. Learn More
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    Water For Elephants


    As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Learn More
  3. The Two-Headed Boy and Other Medical Marvels

    The Two-Headed Boy and Other Medical Marvels


    A successor to his popular book A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities, this new collection of essays by Jan Bondeson illustrates various anomalies of human development, the lives of the remarkable individuals concerned, and social reactions to their extraordinary bodies. Learn More
  4. The Secret Life Of Houdini

    The Secret Life Of Houdini


    The Making Of America's First Superhero. Learn More
  5. The Magician And The Cardsharp

    The Magician And The Cardsharp: The Search For America's Greatest Sleight-Of-Hand Artist


    A famous magician's journey to find the greatest cardsharp ever evokes the forgotten world of magic where Americans found escape during the Great Depression. Learn More
  6. The Lives And Loves of Daisy And Violet Hilton

    The Lives And Loves of Daisy And Violet Hilton: A True Story of Conjoined Twins


    THE LIVES AND LOVES OF DAISY AND VIOLET HILTON follows the poignant life story of twin sisters who were literally joined at the hip, set against the tumultuous backdrop of America during the first half of the 20th century. Learn More
  7. The Glorious Deception

    The Glorious Deception


    In a biography woven from equal parts enchantment and mystery, Jim Steinmeyer unveils the secrets behind the most enigmatic performer in the history of stage magic, Chung Ling Soo, the 'Marvelous Chinese Conjurer' - a magician whose daring made his contemporary Houdini seem like the boy next door. Learn More
  8. The Freakshow Murders

    The Freakshow Murders: And A Cat from Siam


    First published in 1943, THE FREAKSHOW MURDERS is a classic, but long-neglected, 9-chapter mystery novella by the king of twisted crime fiction, Fredric Brown. Learn More
  9. The Eccentropedia

    The Eccentropedia: The Most Unusual People Who Have Ever Lived


    An A-Z of eccentrics! 250 true stories of the most distinctive, self-created people on earth. Learn More
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    The Circus In Winter


    From 1884 to 1939, the Great Porter Circus made the unlikely choice to winter in an Indiana town called Lima, a place that feels as classic as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, and as wondrous as a first trip to the Big Top. Learn More
  11. Step Right Up

    Step Right Up: Stories Of Carnivals, Sideshows, And The Circus


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    A one-of-a-kind anthology that captures the bizarre romance and mystery of the world's oldest and oddest traveling institution. Learn More
  12. Snake Oil

    Snake Oil: Life's Calculations, Misdirections, and Manipulations


    The gyp, hoodwink, shuck, sandbag: An artform that has been passed down through generations of hustlers, con men, and freaks. Learn More
  13. SideShow

    SideShow: My Life with Geeks, Freaks And Vagabonds in the Carny Trade


    Howard Bone was a sideshow magician virtually his whole working life. Learn More
  14. Sideshow U.S.A.

    Sideshow U.S.A.


    Adams reveals images of the freak show, with its combination of the grotesque, the horrific, and the amusing, and how it stubbornly reappears in literature and the arts. Learn More
  15. Shocked & Amazed! Volume 9

    Shocked And Amazed! Volume 9


    On & Off The Midway! Get the point! Learn More
  16. Shocked & Amazed! Volume 8

    Shocked And Amazed! Volume 8


    On & Off The Midway! The legendary journal about life on the midway and beyond! Truly incredible! Learn More
  17. Shocked & Amazed! Volume 7

    Shocked And Amazed! Volume 7


    On and off the Midway! Coney Island ain't what it used to be. Can you name me one thing that is? The Funny Place! Learn More
  18. Shocked & Amazed! Volume 6

    Shocked And Amazed! Volume 6


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    That's right, brothers and sisters, it's hot and it's here: Vol.6 of James Taylor's SHOCKED AND AMAZED! On & Off the Midway. It's wild! Learn More
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  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
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    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
  24. 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
  25. 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

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