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Short E. Dangerously with Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow performing at Come and Take It Live in Austin, Texas on November 18, 2021. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
Named after the most successful Broadway musical and movie from the late 30’s and 40’s, Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow Revue is a world renown theatrical Rock-N-Roll circus thrill-show where some of the deadliest stunts in live entertainment are performed to loud crowd-pleasing musical tracks.

Spectators will experience one of the world’s last authentic circus sideshows with performances using the human anatomy and death defying stunts and demonstrations of mind over matter, yet with no blood and no pain.

You’ve seen them on AMC’s Freak Show, Ripley’s Believe It Not, Guinness World Records, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, America’s Got Talent and more. This vaudeville freak show of wonder features live stunts like: Fire eating & fire breathing, Straight Jacket Escape, Magic and Illusions, Bed of nails, Crossbows, The human block-head, Knife Throwing, Acrobatic Stunts, Sword Swallowing, Human oddities & curiosities like a real-live half-man who walks on his bare-hands in broken hot shards of glass on fire and more!

Short E Dangerously
He's 3' 3" and he has hands where his feet should be. A nightclub emcee and DJ veteran, fresh blood sideshow stuntman, and magnetic slick talking half-man, Short E Dangerously aka Shorty will blow your mind and steal your wife. You may mistakenly feel sorry for this man, but it is you who will be feeling like half a man after a chance encounter.

With the strength of ten men, and the heart of his dear mother, Shorty will leave no mind closed, no woman disinterested, and no child without wanderlust. It's rumored that he was in such a hurry to hit center stage that he couldn't be bothered with legs, so at two and a half years old, he demanded the doctors remove them. He's been running hand over fist ever since… Oh no, save your prayers, your blessings, and your sympathy, it's your applause and urgent screams he'll dine on. Perhaps it is he that travels from town to town teaching women what they don't know how. With no regard for gravity or safety you will find yourself glued to center stage, your eyes ablaze, your mind wandering.

Surely you wouldn't assume that his only claim to fame is being a Half-Man. This half-man full of life walks on broken shards of glass while on fire with his bare-hands. Shorty is your one stop shop for side show performances and magic shows. Having traveled the world over, Shorty has left his mark in New Zealand, Brazil, Venezuela, Europe, Australia, Canada and the entire continental United States of America.

He's toured with Hellzapoppin on some of the biggest rock band tours as well on some of the world's greatest festivals. He was featured on NatGeo's Istagram page twice where his photos earned hundred's of thousand's of likes. You can also find Shorty in the 2017 and 2020 Ripley's Believe It Or Not books! Shorty has a wax figure featured in Ripley's museums all over the world and he appeared on AMC's Freak Show.

A very humble and gracious man, he'll never sell his fans short on his appreciation for their love and support. After 15 years in the entertainment industry, Shorty has found his niche in the sideshow business. It wasn't very long ago that his headphones were his signature look. He credits his good heart, and strength to his mother, a very endearing tribute and something to be infinitely proud of. Don't blink for a moment, you might miss your chance to witness this skilled individual. We also suggest locking up your daughters, sisters wives, what have you, because they just might run away with the circus...

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