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AMC series ‘Freakshow’ visiting Tampa Bay area


Published:   |   Updated: October 29, 2013 at 02:46 PM

If you’re into bearded ladies, sword swallowers and seeing a guy hammer a nail up his nose, you may want to get to Riverview on Saturday, where the AMC reality series “Freakshow” will be hosting a free performance with those and other “human oddities.”

The series, which chronicles the daily operations of a freak show business in Venice Beach, Calif., will be filming on location this week in Gibsonton, long known as an off-season home for a community of sideshow performers.

Saturday’s live performance, which will be filmed for television, is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the nearby American Carnival Museum, 6992 Riverview Drive in Riverview.

The show will feature “Freakshow” cast members George Bell, known as “the tallest man in America,” Marcus “The Creature,” known for his extensive tattoos and body modifications, and Asia Ray, touted as the world’s youngest female sword swallower, among others. They’ll be teaming up with performers from the Gibsonton-based Ward Hall’s World of Wonders, which includes fire eaters, The Electric Lady and The Human Blockhead.

There will be opportunities to meet the cast after the performance, a news release said. Those attending Saturday’s show should RSVP to VeniceFreakshow@gmail.com.

“Freakshow” premiered on AMC in February. The cable network announced in April that the series had been renewed for a second season.

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