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  Freak show - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A freak show is an exhibition of rarities, "freaks of nature"—such as unusually tall or short humans, and people with both male and female secondary sexual characteristics—and performances that are expected to be shocking to the viewers.
Freak shows were popular in the United States from around 1840 to 1940, and were often, but not always, associated with circuses and carnivals.
Freak shows are rare today, often reduced to museum displays containing newspaper clippings, photographs, statues, and other memorabilia of the freak shows of earlier times.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Freak_show   (1390 words)

  
 Freak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is from this kind of embracing of the term that the so-called freak scene developed in the 1960s and 70s.
A freak is often considered an insulting term for an organism with an abnormality of some kind.
A natural freak would, supposedly, be a mutant and a made freak would be one who, though not born abnormally, experienced or caused a deliberate change sometime during their life (such as having surgical implants inserted).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Freak   (804 words)

  
 Freak Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The freaks of nature displayed here appealed to peoples' prejudice, their unquenchable curiosity for the outlandish and the unknown, and the paradoxical human attraction and repulsion for the diseased and deformed.
As stated earlier, many freaks signed their contracts and displayed themselves willfully, while others were sold or drafted by their parents or guardians into the freak show.
By 1941, their famous "The Greatest Show on Earth" was transported around the country on four trains with a total of 107 twenty-one metre long carriages and freight wagons.
freaks.monstrous.com /freak_show.htm   (985 words)

  
 Pfreak Show -- a band off it's medication   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
With the emphasis on performance, Pfreak Show has raised the bar for all other acts by setting attendance records at nearly all of their venues.
Pfreak Show's performers have been known to say "first we must entertain our selves, we came out tonight to try and have more fun than the audience" This seems to be a never-ending battle with both sides victorious.
This multimedia show with pfreaky and hilarious video clips, is woven in to a rambunctious cocktail shaker of psychedelic rock, spaced-out funk, hardcore rock, freestyle disco rap and everything else under the sun up to and including the proverbial kitchen sink.
www.pfreakshow.com   (179 words)

  
 Coney - Freaks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
While P.T. Barnum elevated the ballyhoo of exhibiting side show circus freaks to an art, it was the arrival of Samuel W. Gumpertz at Coney that brought the freak show to the seashore.
The popularity of freak shows also declined because it became increasingly difficult to convince a less gullible public that some of the unusual freaks were Wild Men recently discovered in the world's jungles.
Currently there are two freak shows operating, Coney Island USA and the International Circus Museum on opposite sides of the street from each other on W. 12th Street.
naid.sppsr.ucla.edu /coneyisland/articles/freaks.htm   (3275 words)

  
 CONTEXT - This Week in Arts and Ideas from The Moscow Times
The show's creators are betting that the Russian audience's readiness to believe in psychic powers and UFOs will guarantee good ratings.
Science and evidence are crucial to the show, she added, but attention to how extraordinary events have changed ordinary lives will distinguish "Inexplicable" from other programs in the genre and make it more appealing to a Russian audience.
For its part, TNT is determined to address paranormal events more soberly than shows like Chumak's, saying that their rigorous approach will make "Inexplicable" impervious to criticism from skeptics and clergymen.
context.themoscowtimes.com /stories/2005/02/25/102.html   (910 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Freak Show : Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit: Books: Robert Bogdan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
From 1840 until 1940, freak shows by the hundreds crisscrossed the United States, from the smallest towns to the largest cities, exhibiting their casts of dwarfs, giants, Siamese twins, bearded ladies, savages, snake charmers, fire eaters, and other oddities.
In uncovering this neglected chapter of show business, he describes in detail the flimflam artistry behind the shows, the promoters and the audiences, and the gradual evolution of public opinion from awe to embarrassment.
Freaks were not born, Bogdan reveals; they were manufactured by the amusement world, usually with the active participation of the freaks themselves.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0226063127?v=glance   (1143 words)

  
 Tod Browning's FREAKS 1932 film about love in the sideshow
When one beautiful trapeze artist discovers one of the freaks has a small fortune, she lures him into marriage.
But when she and her strongman lover plot to kill him after the wedding, the enraged freaks defend their friend and take revenge on their betrayers, transforming the aerialist into the most hideous side-show attractions of all.
From the acclaimed director of the original DRACULA, Tod Browning, FREAKS is a fascinating drama of prejudice and injustice with a provactive and timeless moral.
freaks.cinephiles.net   (595 words)

  
 FREAK SHOW REDUX
Then these freaks would not have to be promoted as freaks "in the rings of sawdust circuses," to quote Ferlinghetti.
This freak (maybe all the freaks in the Coney Island freak show) was depressed.
Freaks are a cultural icon kind of thing, he suggests.
www.ragged-edge-mag.com /archive/freak.htm   (1589 words)

  
 Freak Show - BPAL Madness!
Freak Show is a lot more easy to get along with, though because it doesn't deal with volitility just sweet fruitiness.
Freak Show is the first blend that I want to wear day in and day out to the exclusion of all of the other new perfume in my box...and that is saying something.
Believe it or not, I haven't worn Freak Show since I tested it! And now I kind of regret that, because I put it on today and I really enjoyed it.
www.bpal.org /index.php?showtopic=15936   (2372 words)

  
 The Freak Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Welcome to the freak show where the main attraction is Jevon Kearse.
This combination of animal qualities is what makes him one of the top defenders in the NFL and it's why he's nicknamed, the Freak.
The Freak is now considered the best defensive end in the NFL and for any quarterback, there is nothing more freaky than knowing Jevon Kearse is lining up against you.
www.kidzworld.com /site/p1289.htm   (407 words)

  
 Hangface - Freak Show : album review
However, Hangface are Norwegian and their debut album Freak Show seems to piss all over their fellow Scandinavians.
There’s no coyness about showing off here, or about embracing the sillier trappings of dumb rock, as is clear from the wonderfully daft and angst-free cover art.
Freak Show sounds fantastic, with strong vocals, great air guitar potential and a huge dash of 90s nostalgia, but they sound so much like the great bands of the past that it’s almost hard to distinguish them apart.
www.musicomh.com /albums4/hangface.htm   (579 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | UK | England | Berkshire | Fair drops 'freak' from show name
Carters Steam Fair has agreed to change the name of the "freak show" attraction it was to lay on in Reading, Berkshire.
Fair spokesman Joby Carter said freaks shows were a "very important part of funfairs in bygone days".
He added that the show, which features performers from the Circus of Horrors troupe, was aimed at families.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/uk_news/england/berkshire/4285436.stm   (264 words)

  
 David Cross and Jon Benjamin's Freak Show Goes to Series | Dead-Frog - A Comedy Blog
Comedy Central seems to be recovering from the loss of Dave Chappelle pretty nicely, first gathering up Sarah Silverman for her self-titled "programme" and now picking up Freak Show, an animated show from David Cross and Jon Benjamin.
The show will revolve around a team of superheroes called the Freak Squad who are also members of one of the last independently-owned freak shows (implying that the rest are corporate-owned I suppose).
The Freak Squad is called upon to travel to a remote island under embargo by the United States and controlled by the evil General M'Dinka Magoobi.
www.dead-frog.com /archives/2006/02/david_cross_jon_benjamin_freak_show.php   (492 words)

  
 Silverchair : Freak Show - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
Silverchair were slaves to their influences on their debut Frogstomp, but on their second album Freak Show, they're beginning to show signs of developing their own style.
While they may still concentrate too heavily on Pearl Jam and Nirvana, they're beginning to fuse the elements together in a more interesting way and are writing stronger hooks.
Freak Show still has its share of mediocre moments, and Daniel Johns should try to sing instead of scream, but the album shows potential that Frogstomp never did.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/store/artist/album/0,,241058,00.html   (187 words)

  
 Freak Show - MontereyCountyWeekly.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
With their love of horror movies and creature films as the driving force of their lives, the two have also put their knowledge of the genres to work in other creative endeavors.
While teenagers try on costumes in a handful of makeshift dressing rooms a few feet away, the 40-year-old horror fan explains why he became smitten with the genre and creature features at the age of 5.
Some Fort Ord policemen showed up on another afternoon because the crew had driven into an area that was off-limits for vehicles.
www.montereycountyweekly.com /issues/Issue.10-27-2005/cover/Article.cover_story/print   (2949 words)

  
 Whiskey Bar: Freak Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
And if he's counting on getting by on his notoriety as the world's only conservative gay prostitute journalist with a blog, he'd better watch out -- that's a niche market that could easily be overrun by competitors.
The idea that a guy who posted naked pictures of himself pissing on the Internet -- and became famous for it -- would be invited to get up in front of an audience at the National Press Club to discuss journalism and blogging with a woman who has made anal sex her signature riff.
Freak shows have a way of doing that to me -- somebody starts talking about anal sex, and the next thing you know I'm wailing about the collapse of western civilization.
billmon.org /archives/001787.html   (1071 words)

  
 CD Baby: WENDY LATTA: Girly Freak Show EP
That's what 'My Boyfriend' from Girly Freak Show is. It seems to cut a groove into the memory center of your brain....
Girly Freak Show have a dramatic and showy up tempo sound that mixes punk, new wave, alt-wave, and even surf rock (ala Go-Go's).
*** "Girly Freak Show is a LA brat-rock band led by one Wendy Latta, who's got the good rock and roll taste to be pretty, mean, and pissed-off, all at once.
www.cdbaby.com /cd/girly   (906 words)

  
 Home Page
After three years, it is time to close the curtain and say goodnight one last time.
The price for pre-orders is only.00 and you will get into "The Freak Show" for half-price.
"The Freak Show" is a monthly event styled after the traveling sideshows of yesteryear.
freakshowinfo.00show.com   (229 words)

  
 Kidsreads.com - CIRQUE DU FREAK by Darren Shan
The freak show was all I could think about that night.
Darren and Steve are mesmerized by the fantastic and disturbing show, but when they get caught up in a deadly trap Darren must make a deal with the only person who can save him.
Soon to be a major motion picture from Warner Brothers, Cirque du Freak is the compelling saga of a young boy's journey into a dark world of vampires.
www.kidsreads.com /series/series-cirque-titles.asp   (726 words)

  
 CNN - The Dionne quintuplets: A Depression-era freak show - November 19, 1997
CNN - The Dionne quintuplets: A Depression-era freak show - November 19, 1997
Film footage of the young quintuplets shows five pretty girls with dark hair and dark eyes -- and a crush of tourists waiting in line to see them.
In the early days, nurses would take the quints to a nursery balcony and show them, one at a time, to the crowds below.
www.cnn.com /US/9711/19/dionne.quints   (551 words)

  
 CNN.com - George Carlin: Enjoying 'the freak show' - Mar 29, 2004
It shows a little different part of me, I get to show off parts of me that people don't expect to see.
But a real Broadway show, not this kind of thing HBO says "Robin Williams on Broadway" or "Jerry Seinfeld on Broadway." That's not really a Broadway show.
We're all given a ticket to the American freak show the day we're born and some people, they put their ticket away.
www.cnn.com /2004/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/29/george.carlin   (707 words)

  
 The 2001 Mirage Freak Show Series. Presented by the Lilith Gallery of Toronto.
"Gothic culture" could indeed be considered a 'freak show' for mainstream society, and so the photography segment of the series was also documentation of a performance art piece which we did in downtown Toronto.
The person that she is is underneath the "illusion" of what people perceive her to be: A freak.
The entire series of paintings and photographs however shows what she is really like however, proving that a person must study her over a length of time in order to truly understand her.
www.lilithgallery.com /mirage   (895 words)

  
 Freak Show - Silverchair - Music Records Shopping at dooyoo.co.uk
When silverchair burst on to the music scene with the debut album 'frogstomp' my reaction was that they were a band with a lot of potential but that, quite understandably, they needed time for thier sound to mature.
So I eagerly awaited the release of 'Freak Show' hoping to hear a change from the purist grunge of 'Frogstomp'.
Silverchair released Freak Show back in 1997 and upon its release Silverchair went on to be truly recognised as one of the big boys of rock.
www.dooyoo.co.uk /music-records/freak-show-silverchair   (314 words)

  
 Coney Island Circus Sideshow
The show is open Easter weekend, and on weekends beginning in May. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the full cast show will perform Fridays from 2-8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-11pm
All hours are subject to weather conditions and the size of the crowd at the amusement park that particular day.
Additionally, the show is open with a reduced cast on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-8, weather depending.
www.coneyisland.com /sideshow.shtml   (749 words)

  
 Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show: Blast Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
With masterful illustrations, Maruo portrays the plight of Midori, a cute, goodhearted orphan girl enslaved in a traveling carnival freak show.
Suffering the bizarre torments Arashi's evil menagerie inflicts on her, Midori hopes and prays someday to escape this living hell.
ARASHI'S AMAZING FREAK SHOW is the first of his graphic novels to be published in English.
www.blastbooks.com /Arashi/Arashi.html   (190 words)

  
 Freaks Central   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A hundred years ago performers from the Barnum and Bailey Circus, led by their own Bearded Lady, Miss Annie Jones, held a meeting in London to call for a less "opprobrious" classification than "freaks." The euphemism they agreed on, "prodigies," seems about a century ahead of its time.
Only now are the human anomalous receiving the respect that other persecuted groups have found in recent decades.
If you don’t feel confortable with abnormality please step out, otherwise try to understand and let the freak flag fly.
freaks.monstrous.com   (182 words)

  
 A freak show on the Travel Channel—seriously. By Virginia Heffernan
The particular combination of amazement and disgust that freak shows induce comes largely in the anticipation, the frantic hype generated by the pitchman about how horrifying, revolting, and potentially fatal the next stunt will be.
Alcoholism and anguish are untreated in this circus, though; each is assumed to be a side effect of the freak life.
If it's not the greatest show on earth, the Jim Rose Twisted Tour does investigate, in a light and ambling way, the allure of freakhood, as well as the strange forces that might make a person want to leave it behind.
www.slate.com /id/2081717   (728 words)

  
 MSNBC Turns Into a Freak Show
Unable to compete in the known categories of news, analysis, commentary, and opinion, MSNBC created a freak show as its signature offering.
The major networks are now competing against one an-other with freak shows.
The only ray of hope is freak shows.
www.fastcompany.com /magazine/69/jellis.html   (758 words)

  
 JIVE Magazine Forums - THE FREAK SHOW - Side Show Attractions
Oddities from time and space will be descending upon the Freak Show.
THE FREAK SHOW // Aug 10 @ Sloss Furnace
PRE-FLYER // THE FREAK SHOW // SLOSS FURNACES
www.jivemagazine.com /forum/showthread.php?t=403   (498 words)

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