Join sideshow performer and fan of oddities, fraud, hoaxes and history, Major Blaze as he presents the following:
#1 Major Blaze Medicine Show - Understanding Quackery, dangerous medicines and devices from the Victorian era to the early 20th century
Learn about patent medicines and the hidden ingredients
Learn about strange and dangerous medicines
Learn about strange devices, some which did absolutely nothing!
How to identify counterfeit medicine bottles
#2 The Oddities Show Learn about sideshow oddities, oddities museums and the amazing PT Barnum museums (mature audiences recommended)
Introduction to what the Barnum Museums of the 1800's and later sideshows had for attractions
Introduction to several of the famous "Oddities" who entertained the audiences at Barnum's two New York museums, with a peek into the Massachusetts Middleborough Historical Museum Tom Thumb collection
A glimpse of the Major Blaze collection
Acquisition and display tips
Suggestions to find other intriguing objects to round out your cabinet of curiosities
#3 The Dr. R. Snick Poisons and Cures Show -
Learn about several of the poisons used in the past and how "cures" were sold, making incredible amounts of money for the purveyors, from hundreds of years ago to the 18th century and the early 20th century
Who were some of the famous poisoners of the past?
What has been commonly used as poison?
What were some of the historic "cures" or poison "detectors"?
How have cures been sold?
What dangers did the cures have?
Presentations can be tailored for your audience's interests.