Phantasmagoria Revives Classic Circus Sideshow in Northern Liberties

By Jessica Herring
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But most apparent is their connection to circus art, which goes much deeper than skin; they seem to be truly composed of the circus, made of fire, nails, masks and wonders.

“I could not feel this OK with being in a cubicle, or a kitchen, or a desk job, I couldn’t do that,” DuBois says. “This is my passion, this is what I love, this is what I’ve always loved.”

Moltov concurs as Mystique nods in agreement. “Phantasmagoria is my expression, performance, and overall reason to live,” Moltov says. “It’s not just our job or our hobby that we love to do. It is us.”

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1. Umber said... on Sep 22, 2011 at 09:00PM

“Seedy? Seriously? When was the last time you were at Ruba Club-Studios, the 80's? BTW it's at 416 Green.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:23AM

“Ruba is not Ukrainian, seedy or at 414 Green St.

Where do you get your facts??

Phantasmagoria is awesome. . . .


...that they LOVE to perform at.

DO MORE RESEARCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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3. Anonymous said... on Sep 27, 2011 at 03:36PM

“While I love seeing sideshow, fire, and object manipulation thrive and grow in Philadelphia, I have a hard time dealing with the attitude of this group. They're painting a rather reckless picture of sideshow by talking about how if you do it, you are bound to be injured. As someone who has been performing in this scene for almost a decade and trained by old school sideshow masters, the last thing you want to do is encourage your public audience to teach themselves dangerous acts with the expectation of injury. Sideshow is something that SHOULD be taught, not pulled out of one's ass. It's techniques are ancient and have been handed down from generation to generation. When done properly, a performer should be able to complete their acts unscathed. A level of mystique should be maintained to leave your audience wondering whether or not what they saw was real or a trick. Instead, this group is disrespecting the art by making it seem like so long as you don't give a shit about your bo”

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4. Anonymous said... on Sep 27, 2011 at 03:37PM

“dy, you can do sideshow. Yes - this is true... But for how long? Perhaps Phantasmagoria will learn their lesson after they burn down the BOOK WAREHOUSE they love performing fire in...

My recommendation - Don't be so damn cocky and take a lesson or two from those who have come before you.

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5. Anonymous said... on Sep 27, 2011 at 04:34PM

“Proof in the pudding which I missed my first read through the article...

"The eclectic gathering glows luminously in white inside the capacious belly of Bookspace, a used-bookstore recently prohibited by the fire marshal from hosting performances due to a lack of a special assembly permit.

The crowd stares as DuBois, the master of ceremonies, begins the show..."

This means Phantasmagoria is already doing damage. By not following proper procedures (getting permits) and performing in a space which is not suitable for such a show (old warehouse full of paper and "overhanging fabric"), the space has been "prohibited by the fire marshal from hosting performances." Good job, guys... Way to ruin a venue. Keep up this pace and you'll get fire and sideshow banned in the city all together. All it takes is one stupid accident getting out of hand (like dropping a torch between pallets in a book warehouse) to kill a bunch of people and make us all look bad.”


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