Sideshow Specters

CARNIVAL OF ART & MAGIC   |   May 18—20, 2018   |   Mission Inn, Riverside, CA

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 THE COLD CALLER  Peg waited and waited for a suitor to call,  found next to the phone  starved to death in the hall.

THE COLD CALLER

Peg waited and waited for a suitor to call,

found next to the phone

starved to death in the hall.

 THE MUSIC LOVER  Lillian often mistook her phonograph for a flower.  Her father mistook her record for a target.

THE MUSIC LOVER

Lillian often mistook her phonograph for a flower.

Her father mistook her record for a target.

 THE WOMAN IN WHITE  Siren made it home  to her loving mate's foul breath.  Some fates in life are so much worse  than injury or death.

THE WOMAN IN WHITE

Siren made it home

to her loving mate's foul breath.

Some fates in life are so much worse

than injury or death.

 THE DAME IN DEBT  Mildred made a deal with the devil—  quite the unfortunate debtor.  Sometimes death is so much better.

THE DAME IN DEBT

Mildred made a deal with the devil—

quite the unfortunate debtor.

Sometimes death is so much better.

 THE DANCING GIRL  Carlotta would dance night after night,  until one of her partners held her much too tight.

THE DANCING GIRL

Carlotta would dance night after night,

until one of her partners held her much too tight.

 HERO IN A HAT  Ticker tape, a hero's welcome,  for those he wasn't looking...  A feast ensued, he choked to death,  a victim of questionable cooking.

HERO IN A HAT

Ticker tape, a hero's welcome,

for those he wasn't looking...

A feast ensued, he choked to death,

a victim of questionable cooking.

 THE FLAPPERS  Elsa and Isla shared everything  from the latest fashions  to the tangled sheets  that robbed their breath.

THE FLAPPERS

Elsa and Isla shared everything

from the latest fashions

to the tangled sheets

that robbed their breath.

 THE SWINGING MAGICIAN  Justine's illusions made the children laugh,  until she sawed herself in half.

THE SWINGING MAGICIAN

Justine's illusions made the children laugh,

until she sawed herself in half.

 THE LOBSTER BOY  Cornelius ate his lobsters raw,  until ripped apart by a giant claw.

THE LOBSTER BOY

Cornelius ate his lobsters raw,

until ripped apart by a giant claw.

 THE BLUE BOY  Calvin complained  that his neckerchief was too tight,  but mother insisted he looked best in blue.

THE BLUE BOY

Calvin complained

that his neckerchief was too tight,

but mother insisted he looked best in blue.

 THE TEA DRINKER  Krista drank gallons of tea  but waited too long  before she went pee.

THE TEA DRINKER

Krista drank gallons of tea

but waited too long

before she went pee.

 THE TODDLERS  Sean and Amy loved hide and seek,  but in the end  they weren't found for a week.

THE TODDLERS

Sean and Amy loved hide and seek,

but in the end

they weren't found for a week.

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 THE ZEBRA'S FAN  Carly, by accident,  gave her pet zebra a scare.  Answered back by a kick  that sent her into the air.

THE ZEBRA'S FAN

Carly, by accident,

gave her pet zebra a scare.

Answered back by a kick

that sent her into the air.

 THE LITTLE SAILOR GIRL  Have you ever seen Katie from France?  On the deck of a boat she would dance.  Climbed a mast on a lark,  now she's chum for the sharks,  'cause the waves made the girl disembark.

THE LITTLE SAILOR GIRL

Have you ever seen Katie from France?

On the deck of a boat she would dance.

Climbed a mast on a lark,

now she's chum for the sharks,

'cause the waves made the girl disembark.

 THE TREE CLIMBER  Sissy loved to climb trees,  and though she was surefooted,  the boughs were shot  with all kinds of rot.

THE TREE CLIMBER

Sissy loved to climb trees,

and though she was surefooted,

the boughs were shot

with all kinds of rot.

 THE SEA'S BELOVED  Monica's heel was not properly glued.  She fell overboard and now she's fish food.

THE SEA'S BELOVED

Monica's heel was not properly glued.

She fell overboard and now she's fish food.

 THE HARLOT  Diane got around  breaking up more than one marriage,  dragged to death in her furs  that were tied to a carriage.

THE HARLOT

Diane got around

breaking up more than one marriage,

dragged to death in her furs

that were tied to a carriage.

 THE BELL BOY  Vincent liked to stack bags real high,  'til the cart toppled causing him to die.

THE BELL BOY

Vincent liked to stack bags real high,

'til the cart toppled causing him to die.

 THE CROW KEEPER  Mortimer was spooky as everyone knows,  and was pecked to death by his murder of crows.

THE CROW KEEPER

Mortimer was spooky as everyone knows,

and was pecked to death by his murder of crows.

 THE GIRL WITH THE CAMERA  Felicity was obsessed with soft auto focus.  Her concerns should have leaned toward the oncoming locusts.  A pile of dead carcass, she's out of commission.  A perfect example of decomposition.

THE GIRL WITH THE CAMERA

Felicity was obsessed with soft auto focus.

Her concerns should have leaned toward the oncoming locusts.

A pile of dead carcass, she's out of commission.

A perfect example of decomposition.

 THE SITTER  Thaddeus was a very sharp dresser,  but his chair was even sharper.

THE SITTER

Thaddeus was a very sharp dresser,

but his chair was even sharper.

 THE CIRCUS CLOWN  Otto was suave and debonair.  Otto was mauled by dancing bears.  Otto's demeanor had upscale elegance.  Until he was trampled by circus elephants.  Not the most handsome clown in the bunch,  the circus lions had him for lunch.

THE CIRCUS CLOWN

Otto was suave and debonair.

Otto was mauled by dancing bears.

Otto's demeanor had upscale elegance.

Until he was trampled by circus elephants.

Not the most handsome clown in the bunch,

the circus lions had him for lunch.

 THE FAN DANCER  May and her fan  would steal the stage,  until jealousy stole  her life in a rage.

THE FAN DANCER

May and her fan

would steal the stage,

until jealousy stole

her life in a rage.

 THE MAN WITH THE CLOCK  Sully thought his clock had stopped.  But in the end, his time was simply up.

THE MAN WITH THE CLOCK

Sully thought his clock had stopped.

But in the end, his time was simply up.

 THE MUSICIAN  Some people said Jacob sold his soul  to play that horn the way he did.  Others knew the Devil would have it anyway.

THE MUSICIAN

Some people said Jacob sold his soul

to play that horn the way he did.

Others knew the Devil would have it anyway.

 THE GRINNING CLOWN  Patches loved children,  boiled or fried.

THE GRINNING CLOWN

Patches loved children,

boiled or fried.

 HOOP GIRL  Harper made her living  twirling a hoop.  Harper made her dying  choking on soup.

HOOP GIRL

Harper made her living

twirling a hoop.

Harper made her dying

choking on soup.

 THE SNAKE CHARMER  People accused Edna  of smothering her boa,  although the snake's  affections proved mutual.

THE SNAKE CHARMER

People accused Edna

of smothering her boa,

although the snake's

affections proved mutual.

 THE LADY  If Victoria had friends,  they would boast that she could navigate any storm.  But hers was a quite wake.

THE LADY

If Victoria had friends,

they would boast that she could navigate any storm.

But hers was a quite wake.

 THE WOLF MAN  Elliot was a world-wide sensation.  His facial hair such nice insulation.  He died in his sleep with much pain felt.  Tracked down by poachers,  and skinned for his pelt.

THE WOLF MAN

Elliot was a world-wide sensation.

His facial hair such nice insulation.

He died in his sleep with much pain felt.

Tracked down by poachers,

and skinned for his pelt.

 THE GAL WITH THE GAMS  Matilda was a feast for the eyes,  until jackals feasted on her thighs.

THE GAL WITH THE GAMS

Matilda was a feast for the eyes,

until jackals feasted on her thighs.

 THE COSTUMED GENTLEMEN  Herbert and Eddie played rabbit and beaver  until they came down with scarlet fever.

THE COSTUMED GENTLEMEN

Herbert and Eddie played rabbit and beaver

until they came down with scarlet fever.

 THE LITTLE LIONESS  Harriett adored her cub,  and the little lioness relished Harriett's heart even more.

THE LITTLE LIONESS

Harriett adored her cub,

and the little lioness relished Harriett's heart even more.

 THE TRUE FRIEND  Duke was a dog who was loyal as hell.  When his master froze, Duke froze as well..

THE TRUE FRIEND

Duke was a dog who was loyal as hell.

When his master froze, Duke froze as well..

 THE SHARPSHOOTER  Forty paces out,  he could douse a candle’s wick,  but Jesse was most famous for  his bouncing-bullet trick.  You’d have missed it if you blinked,  the feat came loud and hot.  Target snuffed, the lead returned…  a once in a death-time shot.

THE SHARPSHOOTER

Forty paces out,

he could douse a candle’s wick,

but Jesse was most famous for

his bouncing-bullet trick.

You’d have missed it if you blinked,

the feat came loud and hot.

Target snuffed, the lead returned…

a once in a death-time shot.

 THE CANDLE BEARER  Lydia entranced by the flickering light,  payed little attention to the staircase that night.

THE CANDLE BEARER

Lydia entranced by the flickering light,

payed little attention to the staircase that night.

 THE CONTORTIONIST  Suzette dreamed of bending her spine like a rope.  One evening the Strongman answered her hope.

THE CONTORTIONIST

Suzette dreamed of bending her spine like a rope.

One evening the Strongman answered her hope.

 THE SALUTING SISTERS  A man came between Glenda and Barbara.  But before either of them could stake a claim,  he had stakes for them both.

THE SALUTING SISTERS

A man came between Glenda and Barbara.

But before either of them could stake a claim,

he had stakes for them both.

 THE NURSE  Gertrude kew many ways to dull the pain,  but treated her own by opening a vein.

THE NURSE

Gertrude kew many ways to dull the pain,

but treated her own by opening a vein.

 THE KITTY  Silvia enjoyed dressing up like a cat,  but when the fire roared  she proved to have far fewer than nine lives.

THE KITTY

Silvia enjoyed dressing up like a cat,

but when the fire roared

she proved to have far fewer than nine lives.

 THE FEATHERED LADY  Cynthia fanned flames that left hearts in ashes.  Theater lamps set her ablaze with fiery,  feathered flashes.

THE FEATHERED LADY

Cynthia fanned flames that left hearts in ashes.

Theater lamps set her ablaze with fiery,

feathered flashes.

 THE FISHERWOMAN  Willow loved to fish,  but her shark was not quite as caught,  as she had thought.

THE FISHERWOMAN

Willow loved to fish,

but her shark was not quite as caught,

as she had thought.

 THE GANGSTER  Joel was decent at cards.  A shame he was awful at cheating.

THE GANGSTER

Joel was decent at cards.

A shame he was awful at cheating.

 THE HUNTER  Buster boasted he could drop any grizzly  from a hundred yards.  Cougars were another story.

THE HUNTER

Buster boasted he could drop any grizzly

from a hundred yards.

Cougars were another story.

 THE INSUFFERABLE WOMAN  Mona often cried  wolf, lion or bear.  When the threat was real,  they just didn't care.

THE INSUFFERABLE WOMAN

Mona often cried

wolf, lion or bear.

When the threat was real,

they just didn't care.

 MAN WITH A GUN  Ziggy from the circus  was the best shot in the place—  Until his favorite rusty rifle  backfired in his face.

MAN WITH A GUN

Ziggy from the circus

was the best shot in the place—

Until his favorite rusty rifle

backfired in his face.

 THE BUNNY BOY  Those cold dead eyes,  that haunting stance,  the rabbits didn't have a chance.

THE BUNNY BOY

Those cold dead eyes,

that haunting stance,

the rabbits didn't have a chance.

 THE BRIDE  Daisy thought she would die an old maid,  but she lives to see her wedding day.

THE BRIDE

Daisy thought she would die an old maid,

but she lives to see her wedding day.