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EPISODE #4 – Adam Rinn

Posted by on November 30, 2007

EPISODE #4 – November 30, 2007

Adam Rinn


My guest this time is Adam Rinn, onetime Sideshow School student and now a Sideshow School instructor! He has some first-hand information about Coney Island then and now, and about teaching sideshow skills to “civilians.”

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12 Responses to EPISODE #4 – Adam Rinn

  1. waynekeyser1

    [Hoisting a final sip…]

    Well I don’t want to be a mechanical ant either. We agree on that for sure. After all, mechanical ants don’t get to podcast.

  2. LJW

    Ok, Ok
    I that was my idea of being profound.

  3. waynekeyser1

    [In a firm, clear, emphatic tone…]

    Put … the beer … DOWN … Step AWAY from the beer.

  4. LJW

    After all, we are all human
    and not ants
    I would hate to live the life of a mechanical ant.

  5. waynekeyser1

    As the guy with the final say here, I want us all to keep it on a higher level. We’re not going to turn this into a mirror of the Sideshow World group, with mud flung in every post. Keep it gentlemanly or keep it to yourself – my own preference would be that you stick around and engage in discourse instead of heat.

  6. LJW

    I’m usually right most of the time.
    On the “Gullibility Test ” I usually score pretty high, with a small room for error. I find the error to be a saving grace. The God factor. It makes life
    more interesting, instead of dull and always predictable.

  7. LJW

    It also got the most responses here.
    Still think I’m a dummy ?

  8. Who Cares

    I’d like to thank you Wayne, for having my Blog as website of the week.

  9. Who Cares

    LJW is entitled to their opinion, it is a free country after all. I would rather someone speak the truth of what’s on their mind rather than say nothing at all. Even if your opinion is uninformed. “Diary of a Carny” is my Blog, I wrote it, and welcome negative feedback, it’s a breath of fresh air after all the good feedback I got, as weird as that my sound. The Blog was started shortly before the season was to start, some of it was written in between jumps on the road. It is scattered and just the germ of a bigger story, I really need to rewrite it and articulate things better Whether it’s true or not is not the point.

    The point was to tell it in such a way that people who were not Carnies could relate, I think I have the germ of an idea in that Blog to accomplish that.

    I’m sorry it’s not better, longer, and more detailed. I’m also sorry that you think all Carnies speak with a “southern drawl”, and they are not articulate, and can’t use imagery in their writing.

    As far as how things played out in the story you describe…I was there, and I didn’t see you.

    The fact you would call it a “Hoax” is a little amusing, why would anyone want to write this as a “Hoax”?….lol….I can think of much cooler subjects to create a “Hoax” Blog. How about “Diary of a hit man”? That would be cool, but alas, I’m not a hit man, what’s the point pretending.

    Your right in that most Carnies would not have written it the way I did, not because they can’t, but because they concentrate more on the “Nuts and Bolts” of the industry, who cares about that, it’s been done a thousand times.

    Yes, I did romanticize it, but it is romantic in a lot of ways, it’s an interesting life, never a dull moment,and I miss it dearly.

  10. waynekeyser1

    I guess everyone ought to go see “Diary of a Carny” for themselves (link above). If I read this comment right, all carnies speak with a Southern drawl, are unable to use imagery in their writing, and don’t sometimes need to stay in the background and at other times speak freely in public – personally, I believe the “Diary of a Carny” author is what he claims to be.

  11. LJW

    I listened to this podcast twice. Mainly because I had to get the web address to Diary of a Carny. I’m going to say something here…I could wait the Bobby Reynolds 17days, but, since I’m the only one commenting on this podcast so far…it’s time. I don’t believe the Diary of a Carny, it could be a good paperback book, but I don’t believe it otherwise, for these very reasons…. A fly by night carny who is trying to avoid backround checks, is not going to put himself on the internet! Also they speak like this ( with a southern accent ) ” We would just like everybody to leave happy ” Not the type to write in a romantized style, about neon lighted signs glowing in the distance. Also, the young man who was stealing in this man’s blog, would not wait until his friends paid for their items and then attempt to leave the store last. People in security and the Carnival are familiar with misdirection. The young man would not wait to leave last…..He would be the first to leave! He would use his friends paying for their items to distract the Carny, while he left the store. There are some other reasons why this blog is a Hoax, and only I have found them.