Hellzapoppin: The Sideshow Freaks Are Coming to Town

Sideshow freaks? (Freak is a word we use endearingly.) First thing we think of is the lady who can grow a beard. No doubt she exists. We see gals with killer ’staches all the time. But she’s not a sideshow performer; she’s the eye candy. These folks  perform. Check out what they claim. 

​Zamora the Torture King will lie on a bed of nails. And then he’ll invite the four largest people in the audience to stand on him. Besides him will be Frank Simon, a man with eight Guinness World Records. He’ll hold up a lady from the  audience  who weighs about 100 to 110 pounds on one foot by using only his teeth. Chelsea NoPants will swallow 27 inches of steel — think a very long, cold sword. “When you come to the show,” Zamora said to us via phone, “when you are a few feet away, there’s absolutely no question that it is real.” Zamora is part of Hellzapoppin, a clan of sideshow performers.

Zamora says the art of sideshow activity appeals to him because: “It was real magic. No wires. No mirrors.”  How does this work? Well, Zamora feels no pain — sort of. “I can feel pain,” Zamora says, “but I can change how I react to it.” When prepared, he says, he can “turn off the part of my brain that reacts to pain.”  That’s the trick.

Location Info


The Speakeasy Lounge

129 N. Federal Highway
Lake Worth, FL 33460

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Lake Worth

For the 21-and-over crowd, tickets cost $10. For 18 to 20, it’s $20. Show starts at 9 p.m. Thursday at the  Speakeasy Lounge (129 N. Federal Highway, Lake Worth); call  561-337-8844. And it all happens again at midnight on Friday at Alligator Alley (2006 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood); call 754-234-3865.
Thu., Feb. 23, 9 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 25, midnight, 2012

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