Sideshow School, Banner Painting Workshop and Burlesque Master Class

Learn from the Best - 2015/16 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: 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,

Winter 2016 classes - Friday March 4: 3:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday March 5: 10am-3pm and Sunday March 6: 10am-3pm. Tuition $1000. Click here to register. This is a 15 session hour course. Dates and times are for the entire session and the skills build upon each day's studies. For inquiries about the class, email adam(at) YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO ATTEND THE SIDESHOW SKILLS SESSION.

Banner Painting - 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. Winter 2016 classes - Friday March 4: 3:30pm-8:00pm, Saturday March 5: 10am-5pm and Sunday March 6: 10am-5pm. Tuition $700. Click here to register (coming soon). For inquiries, email: Marie Roberts bitterwonder(at)

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! 2016 Class info TBA. Tuition $295. For further inquiries about the class, email headmistress(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.