Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Sideshow Gathering Not For The Faint Of Heart

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If watching a man hang bowling balls from his nipples is your idea of fun, then the Fourth Annual Sideshow Gathering in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is right up your alley.

The four-day extravaganza begins this Thursday (Sept. 1), and when organizer Franco Kossa insists it’s not for the faint- of-heart, he’s talking about the participants as much as the spectators.

In his words, “It’s all dangerous...walking on glass, eating glass, shoving an icepick up your nose. I say it’s a tough way to make an easy living.”

Kossa thinks one of the most shocking acts that will be performed is the Neon Sword Swallow – when a sword made of a neon bulb is shoved down a performer’s throat.

Although Kossa says he likes that “...you can see it glowing inside them,” he fears, “If they make a mistake and that bulb breaks, it’s pretty much all over.”

More than 10 oddball acts will perform, but the guy who will really pull his weight is The Great Nippulini, who hangs bowling balls from his nipples and slams them into each other.

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