New Yorkers often bring their most inventive A-Games to Coney Island's Burlesque at the Beach, a series which has been taking place at Sideshows at the Seashore for nearly fifteen years. A theme show at Coney Island is a whole other kind of magical world.
Bambi the Mermaid, for many years the co-producer of the BOTB series, has created some outrageous theme shows there, and one of my favorites so far was the Blacklight Spectacular. She begins planning some of her theme shows years in advance, and they're just not like anything else.
All photos courtesy Norman Blake.
Bambi Represents the Blacklight
The Great Fredini, Co-Producer of BOTB.
Amber Ray, Professional Sensationalist.
Me, pulling out an old strip joint number for the occasion.
Julie Atlas Muz goes radioactive.
Velocity Chyalld does Badass Blacklight Burlesque.
Also amazing was Amber Ray's second number featuring her with Muffinhead, in which she came out covered with balloons filled with neon paint, which Muffinhead popped until she was covered with the paint. I can't even begin to describe Bambi's number with her giant snailshell.
Right now we're gearing up for the new season, and I'll be presenting the students from my Coney Island Master Class there, as well as producing a show about breakfast cereal. Snap, Crackle, Strip!