Sideshow School

Learn from the Best - 2014 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, how to shake and shimmy like a professional, and then paint a banner trumpeting your new career! And now offering a Magic Course and Photo Workshop!

Sideshow Skills - you'll work with Professa Adam Rinn and some of the greatest talents in the business to learn the ins and outs of the working acts of the sideshow- Fire Eating, Snake Charming, The Human Blockhead, Sword Swallowing, Magic and More!! Summer 2014 classes August 25, 26, 27 11am - 4pm. Click here to register online. For inquiries about the class, email adam(at)

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

Photography Workshop - Switch to ManualJoin the Switch to Manual guys on May 24th in scenic Coney Island for a one-day workshop covering the basics of aperture and shutter speed.  Not only will you learn the essential skills  to switch to the manual mode on your camera, but you'll likely come away with some great shots as well. This seminar balances educational presentations with hands-on location shooting in beautiful Coney Island.

Included in this workshop is a complimentary copy of the “Manual on Manual,” a concise summary of everything you need to know about making the creative leap to full manual control of your camera.  Professional photographers Antonio Rosario and Tom Martinez will break down the basic concepts in ways that are easy to understand and--just as important, easy to remember!  

The workshop meets inside the Coney Island USA Museum, along the Brooklyn waterfront in one of Brooklyn's most celebrated and photographed neighborhoods,  Coney Island itself!  After a  conceptual presentation covering aperture, shutter speed and ISO, the participants are taken on a guided photo walk in location sought out by photographers from all over the world.  If you love photography but have felt intimidated by the idea of shooting in the manual mode, this is the workshop for you!  Workshop takes place on Saturday May 24th. Click here for further info and to sign up.

Banner Painting - you'll work with our artist-in-residence Marie Roberts, Coney Island Legacy and the only traditonal banner painter working in Coney Island today, and discuss in the history and theory of Sideshow banners, while designing and executing your own. 2014 classes TBA. Click here for info and to register online (coming soon).

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.

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.