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Freaks [1932] [DVD]
1.  Freaks [1932] [DVD] DVD ~ Wallace Ford
The list author says:
  "I've been into sideshows since i was a kid, and don't know anyone else who is! This film is THE ultimate showcase: some of the key exhibits in all their marvel! Amazing!! Schlitzie rules!"
5.00   Used & New from: 2.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit
2.  Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit by Bogdan
The list author says:
  "My parents got this for me for xmas when i was 12, much to their horror! Factual and scholarly with great pictures. I'd run into a burning house to save my copy!"
19.50   Used & New from: 11.50
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

American Sideshow: An Encylopedia of History's Most Wonderous and Curiously Strange Performers
3.  American Sideshow: An Encylopedia of History's Most Wonderous and Curiously Strange Performers by Marc Hartzman
The list author says:
  "Superb book! Brought this a couple of weeks ago and haven't put it down! Puts faces to names i had heard of from other books. The so-called Silver Age is by far my favourite, although Lionel rocks!"
Used & New from: 14.45

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The Elephant Man [DVD]
4.  The Elephant Man [DVD] DVD ~ Anthony Hopkins
The list author says:
  "Beautiful film which sparked my interest when i was young. Although it puts sideshows in a negative light, i see this case as an exception. A moving, genuinely disturbing masterpiece."
12.99   Used & New from: 1.37
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Carny Folk: The World's Weirdest Side Show Acts
5.  Carny Folk: The World's Weirdest Side Show Acts by Francine Hornberger
The list author says:
  "A great book to start your bizarre obsession with! Easy to read and contains all the best-known human marvels! That's how i see the old sideshow; disabled people given a chance to get recognition."
10.99   Used & New from: 2.14
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Freaks: Myths and Images of the Secret Self
6.  Freaks: Myths and Images of the Secret Self by Leslie Fiedler
The list author says:
  "My first sideshow book, which i bought from a car boot sale for 50p! As i was so young, most of it went totally over my head, apart from the pictures!"
Used & New from: 2.82

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Freaks: We Who are Not as Others
7.  Freaks: We Who are Not as Others by Daniel P. Mannix
The list author says:
  "Great pictures, though the one on page 11 is totally pointless and un-related to the text! I'm not too keen on the writing style and the research leaves a lot to be desired, but the pictures justify!"
10.72   Used & New from: 4.18
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

James Taylor's Shocked and Amazed: On and Off the Midway
8.  James Taylor's Shocked and Amazed: On and Off the Midway by James Taylor
The list author says:
  "I really like this book because it includes numerous novelty acts who sat alongside the human odditites, with great pictures, including a man who puts a plate in his mouth."
Used & New from: 17.48

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Monsters: Human Freaks in American's Gilded Cage: The Photographs of Chas Eisenmann
9.  Monsters: Human Freaks in American's Gilded Cage: The Photographs of Chas Eisenmann by Charles Eisenmann
The list author says:
  "Monsters isn't a term i would use to describe these people and this isn't my favourite sideshow period (i like the period the film Freaks was set) but as a picture book, this is class."
Used & New from: 26.52

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Santa Sangre [1990] [DVD]
10.  Santa Sangre [1990] [DVD] DVD ~ Axel Jodorowsky
The list author says:
  "A truly bizarre masterpiece of arthouse cinema, which i only heard of through the next book on the list....."
Used & New from: 7.12
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Inside Teradome: An Illustrated History of Freak Film (Creation Cinema Collection)
11.  Inside Teradome: An Illustrated History of Freak Film (Creation Cinema Collection) by Jack Hunter
The list author says:
  "I've only seen a few of the films listed in this book and i certainly intend to see more. Not too sure of the significance of films like Deep Throat though!"
12.84   Used & New from: 4.15

The Big Book of Freaks (Factoid books)
12.  The Big Book of Freaks (Factoid books) by Gahan Wilson
The list author says:
  "When my parents bought me this (my second sideshow book) i was disapointed that it was done in a comic-book style, but it soon grew on me and inspired me to draw my own (crap) sideshow comics stories!"
Used & New from: 14.74

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1000 Clowns: More or Less - A Visual Journey
13.  1000 Clowns: More or Less - A Visual Journey by H.T. Steele
The list author says:
  "Not everything about the old carnivals/circus concerns human oddities! You cannot forget the animals and of course, the clowns! This book is great for scaring kids too!"
Used & New from: 6.49

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The True History of the Elephant Man
14.  The True History of the Elephant Man by Michael Howell
The list author says:
  "Perfect companion for the film."
8.99   Used & New from: 0.98
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Big Fish [DVD] [2004]
15.  Big Fish [DVD] [2004] DVD ~ Ewan McGregor
The list author says:
  "A wonderful film with some great sideshow moments. Really moving ending too! RIP Matthew McGroy, a great contemporary giant."
3.99   Used & New from: 0.10
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Mutations [VHS]
16.  The Mutations [VHS] VHS Donald Pleasence
The list author says:
  "Another film i brought after reading Inside Teradome..... Ok, so it's no Freaks, which it heavily rips-off, but it features numerous great sideshow performers, all of whom are genuine"
Used & New from: 14.99
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body
17.  Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body by Rosemarie Garland Thomson
The list author says:
  "I only ordered this a few days ago, so fingures crossed it'll deserve its place on the list!"
17.70   Used & New from: 12.28
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Carnivale: Complete HBO Season 1 [2003] [DVD] [2005]
18.  Carnivale: Complete HBO Season 1 [2003] [DVD] [2005] DVD ~ Amanda Aday
The list author says:
  "I recently bought series 1 and 2 of HBO's Deadwood, which is fantastic, so i can't wait to buy this!"
14.30   Used & New from: 7.88
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Last Sideshow
19.  The Last Sideshow by Hanspeter Schneider
The list author says:
  "Haven't brought this yet, but i intend to soon. I don't wanna rush my interest!"
Used & New from: 6.58
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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