Venice Beach Freak Show

Img 0859

When I was at Venice Beach with my family, we came across a freak show. The barker in front had a couple of two-headed turtles in a plastic tub filled with water. He said admission was $5. The barker also told me that we could take photos of everything inside. What an enlightened attitude! Many of the other businesses at Venice Beach had signs forbidden photography, bu not the Venice Beach Freak show. My wife, my 8-year-old, and I got our tickets and headed inside.

Img 0861


Img 0864

Here is a lizard with two tails.

Img 0865

The interior is small, but packed with fun things to look at.

Img 0866

Adorable miniature pinscher with 5 legs.

Img 0870

A two-headed-lizard. Many of the things on display here were animals with more that the usual number of body parts. They even had a push-me-pull-you turtle that tried to swim in opposite directions. Both sides seemed to be evenly matched as it made no progress in either direction.

Img 0871

If you don't want to see what is in the hole, close your eyes for the following picture.

Img 0877

Scary!

Img 0878

It's Joseph Merrick, one of the patron saints of Boing Boing! When I was in college I was in a band called the Elephant Boys, which was named after Mr. Merrick.

Img 0880

The two-headed baby chicken was just one of many pickled punks on display.

Img 0881

The cyclops chihuahua was never as famous as the cyclops kitten, which was one of Boing Boing's most popular posts of all time.

Img 0882

A grinning chimpanzee proffers the establishment's handsome business cards.

Img 0883

Img 0884

Img 0885

Take a good gander at these examples of Alien Evolution. Not to be confused with the sea devil skates that unscrupulous dealers sell on eBay as cryptozoological oddities.

Img 0891

Img 0892

Img 0893

Img 0902

The other side of the room had a stage show running every seven minutes. This woman is sitting in an electric chair while the man illuminates a fluorescent light tube with the current emanating from her body.

Img 0928

The man was an accomplished sword swallower, but his 7-foot-long balloon swallowing routine was even more impressive!

Img 0931

Img 0932

Img 0935

Img 0936

Venice-Boardwalk114 Venice-Boardwalk115 Venice-Boardwalk124 We left the Venice Beach Freak Show feeling like this fellow!