Sideshow School and Burlesque Master Class

Learn from the Best - 2017 Classes

Learn Ancient Skills from the Very Best in the Business! Have you ever dreamed of running away with the circus? Did anyone ever call you a freak? Well, now's your chance to become one! At Coney Island USA's Sideshow School, you can learn how to hammer a 20-penny nail right into your skull and then paint a banner trumpeting your new career! 

Sideshow Skills - You'll work with Professa Adam Realman to learn the ins and outs of the working acts of the sideshow. The complete list of acts taught: The Basics of Fire Eating and Breathing, Human Blockhead, The fundamentals of Sword Swallowing, Bed of Nails, Stunts with Various Traps, Glass Walking, Blade Box, Electric Chair, Snake Charming.

2017 classes:
Tuesday, August 22, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday, August 23, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday, August 24, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Tuition: $1250,  Click here to register.

For inquiries about the class, email adam(at) YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO ATTEND THE SIDESHOW SKILLS SESSION. This class is limited to 10 students to ensure proper student to instructor ratio. Deadline for registration is August 1. The Coney Island Sideshow School reserves the right to cancel this session, if a minimum of five students, are not registered by the deadline. Registered students will be notified if the session is cancelled and a full refund will be issued. 

Classes in individual skills will not be offered. You must sign up for the entire session.

Burlesque Master Class - This class (by the New York School of Burlesque) features a team of burlesque's finest performers and Coney Island legends helping you craft your burlesque routine from day one! Plus, you'll conclude your series with a performance on the legendary Coney Island USA Sideshows by the Seashore stage! 2017 Classes, TBA. For further inquiries about the class, email headmistress(at)

Banner Painting 
2017 classes - TBA. You'll work with our artist-in-residence Marie Roberts, Coney Island Legacy and the only traditional banner painter working in Coney Island today, and discuss in the history and theory of Sideshow banners, while designing and executing your own. For inquiries, email: Marie Roberts bitterwonder(at)

All students must sign a "hold harmless" agreement to be distributed at the start of the first session. Please see each course description for details.

Watch a video about Sideshow School, from Seen in NY, below!

Sideshow Skills Testimonials:

"I have been so void and sick without your class, and ever since I left, my Tuesday life has no purpose. The sideshow by far and forward will be the most interesting thing I will do with my life! So somewhere you can find it in your heart to know, you’re responsible for giving me such the cool outlook, and what a time we had. I’m also thinking of taking the class again. I’ve been doing the human blockhead amazingly; it’s the most progressive act I’ve gotten into. For a brief period in my life, you've shown me the best, most interesting way I could be a hell of a lot powerful by being all-knowing of a craft. And people, people like me, do not forget that!!" Ariel K.

"Big thanks to you, Adam for being an amazing teacher! My only complaint about the class is that it has to end." Holly N.

"The class was so awesome. I had a great time; I pushed my limits, stretched my boundaries and really was inspired. You are a really terrific teacher. If I were your boss I would give you a raise. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to us all." Maxinne L.