But what she finds is a decaying and corpse-ridden "carnevil" plagued by a swamp of killer clowns, sword-swallowers
, demon dwarves, death-defying aerialists and a Guinness World Record-holding "Hairculian" diva who swings from her hair.
Each evening at sundown, a lecturer would set up a table alongside the snakecharmers and sword-swallowers
of Jemaa el Fna, the city's main thoroughfare, only to deliver a primer on basic geometric shapes.
When the aforementioned discussion first arose, she was working on a production of Pagliacci directed by Franco Zeffirelli, whose lavish staging included sword-swallowers
, fireeaters, a live donkey, and a 300-pound transvestite.
First there are the performers -- from the clowns to acrobatics and trapeze artists to the sword-swallowers
, fire-breathers and strongmen.
Some of the types of artists the market is interested in include musicians, acrobats, clowns, comedians, contortionists, dancers, fire eaters, jugglers, magicians, mimes, puppeteers, snake charmers, storytellers, poets, street artists, street theater performers and sword-swallowers
To my knowledge there are only three female sword-swallowers
in the world - and there are around 200 men who do it.
He then spent a while in Nigeria as a teacher before moving up to Vancouver, Canada, where his band Mule Train played the seedier side of town, backing strippers, topless dancers, sword-swallowers
and the like.
Boasting more than just the regular sword-swallowers
and fire-breathers, Circus of Horrors is a travelling troupe of freaks and acrobats.
And guests at the black-tie ball will be entertained by tumblers, sword-swallowers
Once, they all starred on the piers jutting from the resorts of North Wales - the jugglers on unicycles, the fire-eaters and the sword-swallowers
, the tumblers and teasers, the acrobats and tight-rope walkers, the old crone who sheds her rags until she is a beauty in a bikini, the illusionists from the East sawing people in two, the comic and his stoodge, the crossbow shooter and the girl with the red apple perched on her pretty head, and the ``gypsy'' soothsayer from Luton caressing her crystal ball in the scented fug of her curtained cubicle.
She had known fire-eaters and elephants and sword-swallowers
on a daily basis, but never the inside of a synagogue.
Alongside acrobats and sword-swallowers
, it features Gary Stretch, whose skin condition means he 'can pull the skin on the neck right over his face'.