Zamora - Friday, March 20, 2015

Hello again!  And so the American Treasure Tour blog continues to explore our circus posters. Today, we're going to talk about someone very unlike the other stars of the blog.  What makes him so different?  He's still alive and very much an active performer.  His name is Zamora, the Torture King!  

Subtle though they may be, his black-and-white posters hang quietly in the Toy Box, maintaining the mystery of performer Tim Cridland's unique skill set.  You see, Zamora is a master at such arts as fire eating, electrification, sword swallowing, and body skewering.  His shows are definitely not for the faint of heart, but they are definitely memorable.  He has been on the modern sideshow circuit for over two decades now, and very well may be coming to a city near you very soon.  Check out his website for an experience you will never forget (for better or for worse!)
QUESTION:  What famous (modern) Circus Sideshow did Zamora tour with for a number of years prior to going out on his own?
A)  Val's Circus of Wonder and Fear
B)  The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow
C)  Frey's Freaks & Mutants
D)  The Ross and Gravy Goodtime Fellows

GO LIBBY!  If you are at all familiar with the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race, you likely know that it is a grueling test of human - and canine - endurance.  Stretching around 1,112 miles, from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, the race traces the general course taken in 1925 to get precious serum to the isolated outpost of Nome to stop a diphtheria epidemic from devastating the population.  The travails of the heroic men who made this journey inspired adventurers to copy them and, in 1973, the first organized Iditarod race began.  On this day in 1985, Libby Riddles surprised the predominantly male competitors as the first woman to win.  It took her about eighteen days, but she came in first, showing the world that women truly can accomplish everything men can!

MAKING US LAUGH FOR 93 YEARS!  Whether you know it or not, you have almost certainly laughed at the wit and genius of Mister Carl Reiner, celebrating a birthday today.  Reiner's track record in comedy is quite impressive, from the early days of television to modern cinema, he made The Dick Van Dyke Show a popular program in the 1960s, introduced the world to Steve Martin in his first movie, 1978's The Jerk, and appeared in front of the camera, too, in many films including all three of the Ocean's movies, alongside George Clooney.  Many happy returns of the day, Carl!

QUOTE:  I'm a charming coward.  I figt with words.  - Carl Reiner

ANSWER:  B)  The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow.  Established in early-1990s Seattle, the Sideshow received national attention after participating in Lollapalooza concerts.