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Symposium Series presents The Science of Sideshow
May 11 @ 9:00 pm - May 12 @ 2:00 am| Free (donations welcome and portion of proceeds goes to the New York Academy of Sciences)
Now, more than ever, we need some science in our lives.
The Symposium Series, an ongoing educational experience fusing science and the arts, brings together the sharpest minds in academia with the city’s best performance artists to offer unique perspectives on the same discussion topic.
This month we are delving into the marvelously mysterious world of SIDESHOW. These close-up performance acts, unique to the American circus, were originally conceived by entertainment magnate P.T. Barnum as a way to entertain audiences while they waited for the big tent performance.
FREE ADMISSION. Suggested donations are welcome and a portion of proceeds go to The New York Academy of Sciences.
“History of Sideshow” presentation by award-winning author of “American Sideshow”, founder of WeirdHistorian.com and world record juggling holder Marc Hartzman
Dancer Erika & Kiku present a sultry SNAKE CHARMER act
Sweetheart of the Sideshow Ilise S. Carter presentation on ANATOMY
Certified badass Leona Beretta presents a dark, sexy take on the HUMAN BLOCKHEAD
Fire witch Cinder Petrichor presents “Playing with FIRE”
Coney Island Circus Sideshow (the last 10 in 1 sideshow in the world!) performer Nola Star presents a death-defying BED OF NAILS act
Magic historian Patrick Davis on the history of mediums and the spiritualist movement
Psychological illusionist Jason Suran presents a mindbending MENTALIST demonstration
Followed by a dance party with Brayden Vlack (Talon&Claw)
Fire photographer Greg McMahon
Custom fire torches by Cinder Petrichor
Martial arts world champion Frank RopeDart Hatsis
Indian clubs and maces by Toby Vann of Orbital Revolution
Circus apparel by Costumegasm
Photos by The Skin Project by Orbán Isma
Special circus gear by The Muse
Award-winning author of “American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History’s Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers” Marc Hartzman