“on the Venice board walk”
At one such show Ray met "the human cigarette factory," a man who rolled and smoked cigarettes without the use of his deformed hands and legs. Puffing away, he told Ray, "Remember son, you can do anything in life."
When Ray grew up he moved to California and became a successful music producer, but despite working with artists such as Santana, and the Beastie Boys he never forgot "the human cigarette factory," and his love of oddities. A collector all his life, after retiring from the music business Ray moved his collections to a storefront on the beach and opened the Venice Beach Freakshow, a throwback to the kind of dime museums that once inhabited Venice Beach.
Today the Freakshow has amassed the largest collection of two headed animals in the world. It has, among many others, a two headed cow, two headed chicken, two headed raccoon, a pair of two headed turtles and many, many more (Over 10 Animals with Two Heads that are ALIVE!). The collection also includes shrunken heads, Rocky The Five-Legged Dog (Seen on the Dog Whisperer), Tony The Two Tailed Iguana, a giant Alaskan king crab and a 'genuine' chupacabra. You can also see some of the Strangest Performers on The Planet....Sword Swallowers, Fire Eaters, Electra The Electric Lady, Lady Twisto The Rubber Girl, The Creature, Sangora The Snake Lady, The Indestructible Woman, and more. Celebrities have been known to stop by to see the show and pet the two headed creatures.
I like the strange! Nice people too!
Lots of dead, stuffed 2 headed and 6 legged critters. It's set up like some kind of strange deformed creature museum, which is what I thought it was, until the "show" started: a man swallowing a sword, drilling power tools into his brain, and curling a meat hook through his nose and out his throat...not for those with a weak stomach, but perfect for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers.
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