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February 24, 1997 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Two transvestite wrestlers and other members of the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow have been ordered before a judge in Lubbock, Texas, today on charges stemming from a simulated sex act on stage Friday. But Rose--proprietor of the controversial traveling showcase of the grotesque and bizarre, who was booked in connection with a fracas that followed the arrests--said that neither he nor any of his company will appear in court. "We're out on bond," Rose said Saturday.
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February 24, 1997 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Two transvestite wrestlers and other members of the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow have been ordered before a judge in Lubbock, Texas, today on charges stemming from a simulated sex act on stage Friday. But Rose--proprietor of the controversial traveling showcase of the grotesque and bizarre, who was booked in connection with a fracas that followed the arrests--said that neither he nor any of his company will appear in court. "We're out on bond," Rose said Saturday.
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December 2, 1993 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
". . . but what will happen to the boy when the circus comes to town?" --Harry Nilsson Every night is painful at a Jim Rose Circus Sideshow gig, where weird is normal and real normal is somewhere else. First of all, the act is more sideshow than circus--there are no clowns, no ringmaster, no trapeze, no animals, no tent.
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December 4, 1993 | BUDDY SEIGAL
The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, which played to a sold-out, surprisingly mainstream-looking audience at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, delivered the by-now familiar shocks and thrills of razor-blade eating, bug-chomping, sword-swallowing, face-burning mayhem: Mr. Lifto suspending weighty objects from his pierced body parts, the Enigma eating live bugs and sharp objects, Matt "The Tube" Crowley inhaling a pitcher of beer (mixed with ketchup, chocolate syrup and liquid antacid!
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 1993 | BUDDY SEIGAL
The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, which played to a sold-out, surprisingly mainstream-looking audience at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, delivered the by-now familiar shocks and thrills of razor-blade eating, bug-chomping, sword-swallowing, face-burning mayhem: Mr. Lifto suspending weighty objects from his pierced body parts, the Enigma eating live bugs and sharp objects, Matt "The Tube" Crowley inhaling a pitcher of beer (mixed with ketchup, chocolate syrup and liquid antacid!
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December 2, 1993 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jim Rose has frequently been compared to 19th-Century showman P. T. Barnum, but the analogy is an unfair one. Barnum, after all, never stuck his face into a pile of broken glass and allowed audience members to stomp on the back of his head. Barnum never rammed a screwdriver up his nose nor hammered a nail into his face. Rose regularly does all of this and more in his quest to thrill ticket-buyers.
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September 1, 1992 | ANN JAPENGA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a stage cluttered with chains, broken glass and a bed of nails, Jim Rose paces like a caged man. His jeans sag from his wiry, punished torso. His red-rimmed eyes squint out at the hip crowd jammed into the Crocodile Cafe. Rose stops, plants his feet wide, tucks a railroad spike into one nostril and begins to hammer the iron stake into his nose: the Human Blockhead. The audience is on their tiptoes. Moans and shrieks. Some people cover their eyes; others cast furtive looks at their companions.
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December 11, 1993 | LORRAINE ALI
Florida mock-shock band Genitorturers purports to make art and entertainment from the S&M and body-piercing lifestyle. But the group's calculated and anything-but-erotic show at the Whisky on Thursday was just torture.
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October 31, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Times readers browsing through concert schedules in advertisements for the Coach House and Rhythm Cafe in the Oct. 29-Nov. 4 edition of OC LIVE! might conclude that the Jim Rose Circus Side Show has a truly surprising trick up its sleeve: playing two competing Orange County clubs on the same night. Although ads for both the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and the Rhythm Cafe in Santa Ana list the raunchy freak show as their Nov.
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December 2, 1993 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jim Rose has frequently been compared to 19th-Century showman P. T. Barnum, but the analogy is an unfair one. Barnum, after all, never stuck his face into a pile of broken glass and allowed audience members to stomp on the back of his head. Barnum never rammed a screwdriver up his nose nor hammered a nail into his face. Rose regularly does all of this and more in his quest to thrill ticket-buyers.
NEWS
December 2, 1993 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
". . . but what will happen to the boy when the circus comes to town?" --Harry Nilsson Every night is painful at a Jim Rose Circus Sideshow gig, where weird is normal and real normal is somewhere else. First of all, the act is more sideshow than circus--there are no clowns, no ringmaster, no trapeze, no animals, no tent.
NEWS
September 10, 1992 | ANN JAPENGA, Ann Japenga is a free-lance writer who occasionally contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.
On a stage cluttered with chains, broken glass and a bed of nails, Jim Rose paces like a caged man. His jeans sag from his wiry, punished torso. His red-rimmed eyes squint out at the hip crowd jammed into Seattle's Crocodile Cafe. Rose stops, plants his feet wide, tucks a railroad spike into one nostril and begins to hammer the iron stake into his nose: the Human Blockhead. Members of the audience are on their tiptoes. Moans and shrieks.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 1993 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow played to a sold-out, surprisingly mainstream-looking audience at the Coach House Thursday night, delivering shocks and thrills, razor-blade eating, bug-chomping, sword-swallowing, face-burning mayhem: Mr. Lifto suspending weighty objects from his pierced body parts (yes, including that )! The Enigma eating live bugs and sharp objects! Matt (The Tube) Crowley inhaling a pitcher of beer (mixed with ketchup, chocolate syrup and liquid antacid!
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