Atomic Death Worm by Doug Higley
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Can you even fathom Grind Show 'THINGS' being shown for an admission charge here?
How about in the home of Henry the Vlll?
Bizarre Sea Thingy Fish by Higley
A Higley Atomic Fish
ROYAL CHARITY TOUR 2006
The ROYAL Castles, Palaces (yes, even THAT one, BUCKINGHAM PALACE on the Queen's Birthday!) and Stately Old Homes of England & Scotland became the unlikely midway for this bizzare showing! Seen by the Highborn, Titled and the Royals along with the public in the many tens of thousands, who all paid a hefty Admission to see the Zibits.
From April thru December of 2006, 7 outrageous exhibits ('Zibits created by Show Artist Doug Higley) and shown by Ken Dean, garnered for a Royal Charity a GREAT DEAL of money! People paid big bucks (pounds) just to peer at them! Using a simple (but brilliant) original show concept created by Doug Higley (California) as well as a random grouping of 7 of Higley's 'Zibits, this little Grindshow appeared in places undreamed of in the long tradition of Circus and Sideshow.
Sandon Hall, Staffordshire
Higley's Pygmy Shrunken Body-Shrunken Head- Cannibal Toe
According to Kondini, the acceptance was outstanding even with the high admissions charged (for Charity) there were no beefs or complaints. Gotta love those Brits!
Was this show of Strange Things presented 'Tongue In Cheek'? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
They were presented as Strange Mysteries and the viewer was allowed to come up with their own explainations.
Due to High Security, the Tour was never publicized in the Press! The odd little GrindShow was even hosted at one stop by the ADMIRALTY at the HMS Sultan and proceeds went to the Royal Navy Charities. The VIPs actually arrived in long white Limos to view the Zibits on the red carpet! They appeared at Stonhenge! They appeared at the spectacular location of the Harry Potter films, Lacock Abbey! Even Stratford On Avon got a peek! Doug Higley is known worldwide as The Phantom Of The Midway! But what a MIDWAY this was!
Higley recieved none of the monies from the admissions charged, all of it going to a well known Royal Charity aimed at Youth Projects. The exhibits were all purchased at the normal rate. Higley's creatures are currently shown in small Shows in 24 countries world wide and at Legitimate Museums as well...but The Royal Tour is just about the Most Amazing Grind Show story ever told. And it is all True..
Go to The Mythsonian
The exact same How-To used for the successful Royal Tour may be available.
'The Phantom Of
The way Higley approaches it, "A Single-O 'Grind Show' is like having your own little Sci-Fi movie show, except, you (the showman) are presenting your 'story' LIVE...But it is of the same purpose, to entertain and create a sense of wonder in the viewer and for some maybe a bit of nostalgia as well... keeping the paying customer HAPPY and AMAZED and hopefully scratching their head in wonder, wrinkling a brow and possibly cracking a smile. . True Showmen have fun and make a few bucks along the way while entertaining their 'audience'. It is a show tradition going back to the 1600's." While the US Flea Market and Small Fair IS the NEW Midway, during the Spring/Summer/Fall of 2006, something very bizarre took place...the little 'Zibits invaded Jolly Old England in a HUGE way! And Charity won big time!
UK Master Showman Ken Dean ('Kondini), took the original Higley Grind Show concept and launched it to unprecedented heights, unheard of in the long History of Circus or Sideshow.
Ken Dean 'Kondini'