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    Posted May 19, 2014 by
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    Coney Island, side show..Charming the snakes!

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     BQueen1 considers Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, to be a "big melting pot," bringing people from "all walks of life" together, which is why it is the subject of so many of her photographs, she says.

    The carnival sideshows that are still performed at Coney Island are an art form, BQueen1 says. "It's artistic and charming and brings back a feeling to me of more old classic type movies and plays, like 'Carousel,' which was my all time favorite play about a carney worker."

    "Maybe I am a carney at heart; I'm not sure," she said. "It is important to keep this carnival culture alive. It's romantic, adventurous and has its place in American history. Who didn't want to join a circus or become part of an act on the road?"
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    With the start of the season, the show must go on at Coney Island, but the sideshow never ended.
    I took some pictures of the performers at the Sideshow, Freak house in Coney Island. I don't know why they call it a freak house, but they hold onto the old carnival tradition. Because, these performers are talented actors, athletes, gymnasts, pantamines. I found their make-up striking and they were all very professional and good at what they did. They drew a crowd trying to draw people into the live show which I may witness next week.
    Anyway, I enjoyed them. They had me mesmorized for a few minutes.
    The young lady in the first photo is wearing a Boa Constrictor around her neck, which she charms. The other performers do various tricks, contortions inside the building on the stage.
    I don't like the word freak anymore. I never did, although very now and then it slips out of my mouth in bad taste. Everyone is an artist in their own right, in my book.
    Thank you.
    May 19, 2014.

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