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Monsters of Schlock- Philadelphia

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Signal boost for Philadelphia area readers-
Burnaby Orbax and Sweet Pepper Klopek- the Monsters of Schlock- will be performing at “Connie’s RicRac” on Sunday 21st June. They put on a hell of a show, so if you’re around- check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1748689922083553/


Join us for a night of entertainment like no other!!

Monsters of Schlock are Canadian entertainers who have sold out shows internationally as ‘The World’s Most Extreme Two Man Circus Sideshow Comedy Magic Extravaganza’.
They have performed in theatres, carnivals, festivals, night clubs and colleges worldwide. In the past year their madcap stunts have been broadcast on Canadian television to over 2 million viewers, to a million in the United States, and to over 8 million viewers in Europe and the United Kingdom. Showcased in the Ripley’s: Believe It or Not compendium and with multiple Guinness World Records, the ‘Canadian Mad Bastards’ continue to entertain worldwide.
The duo is a touring juggernaut performing over two hundred live shows this year alone to crowds ranging from ages 8 to 80! Continue reading

Blurry Blockhead

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Human Blockhead

The early days of the western body modification movement were documented by pioneers like Fakir Musafar (who taught himself photography and darkroom technique) and Charles Gatewood; decades later their iconic 35mm images remain bold clear snapshots of our community’s history.

Things got choppy in the 1990s when digital cameras started taking over, with low dpi images replacing the clarity of their SLR analog counterparts. A lot of the images that were submitted to the spcOnline site from 1995-2000 are grainy low resolution .jpg images that do a decent job of documenting the modification but won’t stand the test of time like the old hardcopy photographs.

Like this one, featuring a young Sideshow performer doing the human blockhead circa 1997. First person who correctly identifies him (with bonus points going to anyone who can name his stage name at the time) will receive a goodie from the SD/SPCO archives.

Hey Rube!

“Hey, Rube!” is a slang phrase most commonly used in the United States by circus and traveling carnival workers (“carnies”), with origins in the middle 19th century. It is a rallying call, or a cry for help, used by carnies in a fight with outsiders. It is also sometimes used to refer to such a fight: “The clown got a black eye in a Hey, Rube.” -Wikipedia

My social networking streams are all polluted by discussion of the latest episode of Ink Master; instead of rotting my brain with “the worst thing to happen to tattooing since Hepatitis C” I’ve queued up this fun little short film starring Canada’s sweethearts Burnaby Q. Orbax and Sweet Pepper Klopek- the Monsters of Schlock.

The day they filmed my segment I was nursing a 103* fever, so I don’t remember a lot of it. I was also 70lbs heavier than I am these days so seeing chubby, medicated me ramble on is kind of weird, but ultimately better than Ink Master.

 

 

Circus Convergence II: The Squid Shift Solution

tumblr_mjmrgsQrM51qc2oo7o1_500Philadelphia Area body mod fans may be interested in a performance by the Headmaster himself- Haave Fjell from Pain Solution (and friends) will be performing in Philadelphia on Wednesday 2nd April in South Philadelphia.

Press release:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1403997519864920/

Prepare to witness the freakiest group of death defying weirdos!! Join “The Squid Shift Solution” for a night of mind boggling sideshow stunts that will leave you in stitches one minute and your jaw on the floor the next.

Circus Convergence II brings Clowns and Fakirs from around the world together for a tour across the eastern half of the United States enroute to the Dallas Suspension Convention. In each performance these entertainers push the limits of the human body making the impossible possible, challenging their minds and the audience around them, night after night.

Andrew S. (Swing Shift Sideshow Las Vegas, NV) brings classic circus entertainment screaming into the 21st century. Andrew Specializes in ancient and deadly feats of skill, along with jaw dropping original stunts. He is able to control “involuntary” actions of his brain and body and is one of the most deadliest sword swallowers in the world.

The Head Master (Pain Solution Oslo, Norway) combines the art of the fakirs and physical theatre to create a ritual experience, generating a rush of adrenaline and pure energy for both the performers and the spectators. Every show will leave scars on the body and give the public a thrilling sensation never to be forgotten. And yes, there will be blood!

Matterz Squidling (Squidling Bros. Philadelphia, PA) puts a comic and dare-devilish spin on classic American Sideshow stunts of the early 20th century. Combining acts of the fakir, slap stick comedy and burlesque into a unique style of performance.

Jelly Boy The Clown (Squidling Bros. Philadelphia, PA) brings humor and intensity as a host and to his original and death defying acts. A master of “Unusual Sword Swallowing”, Jelly is a pioneer of the modern sideshow arts. Jelly uses science, burlesque and physical acts of the fakir
always creating new stunts that push the limits of the body and mind.