About the Show

This web series takes you behind the tent as the world’s strangest traveling sideshow, “World of Wonders Sideshow,” kicks off circus season.

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Bally Tent

Bally Tent

World of Wonders Sideshow performers entertain passers-by on the bally stage in an effort to sell tickets to the big tent sideshow. 960 1280

  

Fire breather

Fire breather

Insectivora is the fire-breathing headliner with the World of Wonders Sideshow. 960 1280

  

World of Wonders Sideshow

World of Wonders Sideshow

Sideshow performers work 16 to 20 hour days during circus season, which typically runs from June to December. 960 1280

  

Sword swallowing is part of the free bally act in front of the World of Wonders Sideshow tent. 960 1280

  

World of Wonders Sideshow

World of Wonders Sideshow

The World of Wonders Sideshow sets up a compound on a fair site. During circus season, they live and perform at the fairs 24/7. 960 1280

  

Ward Hall, King of the Sideshow

Ward Hall, King of the Sideshow

Ward Hall, known as ?King of the Sideshow,? owns World of Wonders and has been in the sideshow business since he was 14 years old. 960 1280

  

Diva of Danger

Diva of Danger

?Diva of Danger? Sunshine English breathes fire, walks on sharp objects and has been zapped by electricity thousands of times. 960 1280

  

World of Wonders Banner Line

World of Wonders Banner Line

The banner line is a series of large, hand-painted signs which feature the different World of Wonders performers. 960 1280

  

Sword Swallower

Sword Swallower

Rutgers graduate Tommy Breen is a master bally talker, a sword swallower and the manager of the World of Wonders Sideshow. 960 1280

  

Breaking down the banner line

Breaking down the banner line

When the fair ends, performers with World of Wonders bring down the banner line, break down the big tent and hit the road to set up at the next location. 960 1280

  

World of Wonders Tractor Trailer

World of Wonders Tractor Trailer

Between acts, performers hang out in their ?living room? -- the inside of a tractor-trailer. 960 1280

  

World of Wonders truck

World of Wonders truck

The World of Wonders tractor-trailer is used to transport the stages, the big tent and all the props used in the sideshow. Once everything is unloaded at the fair site, the truck doubles as living quarters for the performers. 960 1280

  

Gibsonton, FL

Gibsonton, FL

Located just 20 minutes outside Tampa, FL, Gibsonton, FL, is also known as "Showtown, USA,? ?Gibtown? and the ?weirdest place in America.? Gibtown served as home base for the World of Wonders Sideshow during the winter. 960 1280

  

Circus and Sideshow performers

Circus and Sideshow performers

Gibsonton, FL, has been the winter home and retirement community for circus and sideshow performers 960 1280

  

Giant Al Tomaini

Giant Al Tomaini

Giant Al Tomaini first settled in Gibtown in the 1930s with his wife Jeanie, who was known as the ?living half girl.? Al was more than 8 feet tall and became the town?s mayor and police chief. 960 1280

  

Gibsonton, FL

Gibsonton, FL

The circus and sideshow life is stamped all over the landscape of Gibtown, FL. 960 1280

  

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