FREAKS & SIDESHOWS

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

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  1. 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

    $35.00

    "Professor" Risley (Richard Risley Carlisle) introduced the Western circus to Japan in 1864. Learn More
  2. On Deception

    On Deception

    $12.95

    Throughout his life, the world’s most famous escapologist strove to expose the methods and tricks of illusionists and sham spiritualists. Learn More
  3. Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    $14.95

    Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There’s no way in hell, he vows, that anything like that will ever happen to him. Learn More
  4. mysterio's encyclolpedia of magic and conjuring cover

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

    $24.95

    Amazing Magical Wonder Deck charmed amateur and professional magicians with its gorgeous aesthetic and fiendishly clever card tricks. Learn More
  5. Magnificent Circus Of Moderate Wonder

    Magnificent Circus Of Moderate Wonder

    $3.00

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    12 full color posters advertising deeply-flawed circus acts. Learn More
  6. Magic: 1400s–1950s

    Magic: 1400s-1950s (Slipcase)

    $69.99

    Illusion, Enchantment and Wonder! The world’s greatest magicians from the Middle Ages through the 1950s. Learn More
  7. Jivaro: Head-Hunters Of The Amazon

    Jivaro: Head-Hunters Of The Amazon

    $19.95

    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
  8. Jay's Journal Of Anomalies

    Jay's Journal Of Anomalies (Softcover)

    $25.00

    Conjurers. Cheats. Hustlers. Hoaxsters. Pranksters. Jokesters. Imposters. Pretenders. Side-Show Showmen. Armless Calligraphers. Mechanical Marvels. Popular Entertainments. Learn More
  9. Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist

    Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist

    $18.95

    This illustrated biography of Harry Houdini combines original artwork and archival artifacts—including photographs, playbills and posters, letters, and even some of Houdini’s own stage props—to bring the story of the world’s greatest escape artist to life. Learn More
  10. Geek Love

    Geek Love

    $14.95

    GEEK LOVE is the story of a carnival family, the Binewskis. Learn More

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