John Strong

Sideshow Proprietor

John Strong
Interview Date:
August 1 2009




John Strong operated a sideshow in the summer of 2009 in Coney Island. He describes the animals in his show... all of which have unusual features such as extra eyes, heads or legs. John tells the story of a five-legged dog that caused a controversy over the summer and brought in a great deal of publicity. John's show was part of a short-lived amusement park called Dreamland (no relation to the original Dreamland Park open from 1904 to 1911) whose owner failed to pay his rent. The park was consequently shut down and John's show had to pack up before the end of the summer and move out.