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C.J. Johnson

Imagine entering the room to find an unusual buzz of anticipation and expectation. The excitement starts well before the show, as much as weeks before! You hear questions circulating. Questions like, “Who’s going to be hypnotized?” “What will they do?” “Can I be hypnotized?”
As the much anticipated show time arrives, the audience learns a bit about hypnosis, and they try a few suggestibility tests from their seats in the audience. And then, the stage is opened for volunteers. You notice right away that CJ has stepped off to the side and immediately you know why…the stage is rushed with volunteers!!! The chairs on stage are filled and the show is on. You hold on for the ride – your best friend is on the stage.

You watch as CJ guides those on stage through a hypnotic induction. The audience follows along with amazement, and yes, sometimes skepticism, as the volunteers begin to drop their chins to their chest or rest their heads on the shoulder next to them. They try to open their eyes, but cannot — that is until CJ tells them to. The hilarity begins as the volunteers begin to take CJ’s suggestions. One guy believes he’s the Crocodile Hunter and wrestles with an inflatable pool toy he truly believes is an actual croc! The whole group is transported back in time to the era of disco. They become part of TV shows and movies, complete with body building championships and much, much more. One girl even forgets her own name. This has GOT to be a bunch of bull… but wait!! The girl who forgot her name is your best friend!


Motivational Mind Reading

It’s more than just a show. Motivational Mind Reading blends motivational and inspirational messages with mind blowing mentalism effects – making the messages more memorable and the mind reading more powerful. For the corporate world it’s the perfect combination.

The formula is usually 80% entertainment and 20% message, though C.J. will work with your group to meet your specific goals for the event.

His “Funda-MENTALs” program focuses on 5 key points for success in various areas of our lives. It draws attention to, and reinforces topics that we’ve all heard before, but may not be using to their full potential. As a serious “student of success” for more than 25 years, C.J. has read thousands of books, attended countless seminars and listened to thousands of hours of success and motivational audio programs – and the KEY POINTS that these programs seem to all have in common are the basis for this 1 hour excursion into the power of the human potential.

There has never been a time that mentalism (mind reading) has been more in the public consciousness. NBC’s Phenomenon, Derren Brown’s TV specials, Mindfreak and more have created some awareness about an art form that has been around for a long, long time, but that until recently had been ignored in the mainstream culture.

Take advantage of mentalism’s popularity and use C.J.’s experience of over 20 years to drive home messages at your event in a unique, novel and memorable way.

Of course, C.J. can present an “Evening of Mind Reading” without messages to give your group some great, intellectually stimulating and fun entertainment.


The C.J. Johnson Stand Up Show is an evening (or afternoon) of magic that lasts about 10 minutes to one hour.

When you’re looking for an entertaining magic program and your space and budget don’t have room for a full blown illusion show then stand up magic is the perfect solution. 

Stand up magic is done with smaller apparatus and is the type of show you would see in a comedy club.  There is lots of audience participation, comedy and great visual magic.  The routines in this show are unusual, and it’s highly unlikely that your audience will have seen these effects before as C.J. has searched high and low for unique effects that will intrigue and baffle audiences.

The audience will be amazed and will laugh hysterically at the magic they see in this show.  It’s an intimate show at a great price.  This show has almost no staging requirements and can be performed in almost any space or situation.  Shows can be anywhere between 10 minutes (or less) to an hour.


The C.J. Johnson Little Big Show is an evening (or afternoon) of magic that lasts about 35-50 minutes.

This show is appropriate for Corporate Banquets, church groups and smaller public venues. This is the show C.J. does when he performs at Magic Island in Houston — It’s very tight, high energy and every routine has been worked out in front of hundreds of audiences.

It has all the flavor of the full show at a smaller cost. The show includes 4-5 stage illusions, all chosen because of their strong visual nature and their relative lack of specific performing conditions or angles (though there are some restrictions).

Between the “big stuff” there is a LOT of comedy and good natured audience participation. We always treat those who assist in the show with the utmost respect and courtesy. There is no offensive or off color humor in any of C.J.’s programs.   This is a great show at a very competitive price.

The show is altered, in small ways, at each performance to fit the specific audience. It’s always entertaining, but the unique ability of C.J. & Co. to ad lib makes sure that it’s never the same show twice.


Strolling Magic
Magic in your hands!

Many people argue that the most magical moments happen one on one with a performer.  When you’re looking for magic in a more intimate environment such as a cocktail party, hospitality suite, trade show or dinner this is the style of magic you’re seeking.

Close up magic takes place within inches of the audience, or in their hands, making it, arguably, the most powerful type of magic.   Typically done with cards, coins, rubber bands and other ordinary objects this is a highly mobile act that can run from 2 minutes to 30 minutes. Generally C.J. is booked for a 2 or 3 hour block of time during a dinner or occasionally at a trade show.

C.J.’s close up skills go far beyond that of knowing a couple of card tricks.  He blends his sense of humor, keen timing, years of experience entertaining audience, and a genuine love of people and natural charm to create a memorable experience of magic for the audience.  They’ll laugh as they are amazed beyond belief with close up miracles of magic that takes place right in their hands.

One thing is for sure, no one will confuse the effects performed by C.J. with those done by “Uncle Fred” at the family reunion. C.J. carefully selects material that is both astonishing and entertaining, but most importantly, he chooses material that is fun and in character with his fun loving spirit. Your guests will have FUN and be amazed.

Close up is an excellent (and inexpensive) addition to any evening stage magic show or hypnosis show and is a great way to let people know what to expect later in the evening.

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Four Elements Aerials

Lydia Mav:
Aerial silks and Aerial sling/hammock
Owner and Founder of Four Elements Yoga and Fitness. She has performed as an aerialist at yoga events, in night clubs, along side bands, with an internationally known aerial company as well as having been selected as a finalist and competed as a finalist in a regional aerial competition. Lydia also offers aerial yoga demos, and has done so at the Wanderlust festival in Austin and for an in-store events at Athleta in Austin.
Caty Mae:
Aerial silks, aerial sling/hammock, aerial hoop/lyra, trapeze, rope and contortion.

Before she was even born, Caty Mae’s parents were traveling up and down the California coastline, working in various circuses. When it was her time to stand in the ring, her family would realize that it was more than destiny, it was in her blood.

Caty Mae started her training in Los Angeles, by accident when someone noticed her pointed toes during a set of pull-ups and recommended a silks class. With years of yoga and athletic tendencies under her belt, it wasn’t long before she was enrolled in a full time aerial training program, under the mastery of Cirque du Soleil coaches, Rachel Walker of Kooza and Sarah Steben of Saltimbuca.

Almost immediately after she left school, her career took flight. She has since worked in many nightclubs in Hollywood as well as fairs, benefits, and school shows. She has also worked with high profile stars like Macy Grey and studied silks alongside P!nk. Her passion for being in the air has taken her all over the country and abroad. Her most recent endeavor has been a two year tour with a three ring circus working. She was working on Silks, Lyra, Spanish Web, and several elephants.

After a couple years on the road, Caty Mae is excited to return to teaching and share her experiences with students who share her same enthusiasm for circus arts. As an athlete first and foremost, she believes in specified techniques for flexibility and strength training, which she has molded over the coarse of her career. Currently, she is teaching and performing in Austin, while developing her own project called Urban Aerial Arts. Caty is also the 1st place winner of MTPS lyra division 2013.

Summer:
Aerial sling/hammock and Pole
Summer began her journey into the Aerial world through Pole Dance Fitness. Summer attributes pole dance fitness to transforming her into the strong, confident woman that she has become. Summer began instructing in October 2009 and is an X-Pert Certified Pole Fitness instructor. She wanted to help other women discover the strength, beauty and grace that they all possess yet sometimes find hard to express.
During the past 18 months Summer has shifted her focus to include the Aerial Hammock. What began as an effort in cross training has moved into an entirely new level of movement and has allowed her to express herself in a completely different way. She has performed all various locations in Austin for corporate, private and public events.

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Agent Red

Agent Red

Bio & Credits

Founding member and 4 1/2 year performer of Lucent Dossier Experience in Los Angeles, and 6 year contributor to the Do Lab.

Collaborated with: Mutaytor, Firegroove, Vau De vire Society, Cirque Berzerk, and members of Cirque Du Soleil…

Performed with Cyndi Lauper, Flaming Lips, Devendra Banhart, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Schpongel, Panic at the Disco, Angelo Moore from Fishbone, Visa, Gogol Bordello, Bassnectar, Beats Antique, Lucent Dossier, Helios Jive, Particle, String cheese incident.

Trained under Maxamilliano – internationally acclaimed aerialist currently working for Cher and with Sarah and Karen – Original Cirque Du Soleil “O”Trapeze Twins, Alicia Schulze aka Gypsy Roze

Performed at Coachella Music Festival in California 2005 – 2010, and Electric Picnic Ireland 2006 – 2008, and the Grammys after party 2007 – 2008 in California

Her aerial routines or performance pieces are unique because she injects a real story or great character into all her pieces. She strives to put on shows with skill AND stage presence AND audience accessibility.

She can make eccentric costumes to fit the show, can perform with original music or to a DJ.

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999 Eyes Freakshow

One of the last and only true genetic freak shows.
A carnival troupe with bizarre oddities.

The 999 EYES Sideshow have performed at a variety of venues, from huge festivals to art colleges. They have played as main stage attractions at Burning Man, San Francisco’s How to Destroy the Universe Festival, Seattle’s Carnival Reverie, Cyclecide’s Bicycle Rodeo, and the Spokane Art College. They’ve done midway style shows at the Phoenix Festival, Autonomous Mutant Festival, Dead Baby Bike Club’s Race Day, played Seattle’s infamous after hours club the Contour, a special weekend of shows at Eugene, Or flair bartending school the Premium Pour, Jules Mayes (the oldest bar in Seattle), Amnesia Bar in San Francisco, and many more venues.

They have also appeared in several newspapers and magazines up and down the west coast, films and television. Even as you read this, their inestimable freak agent Samantha X is scouring the world in search of true Carnival freaks with talents that amaze!

They are bringing this sideshow of endless dream to a few select cities and towns this year.

ATTRACTIONS Samantha X’s and H. Burns’ Museum Ov Mutantstrosities harkens back to the glory days of the dime museums and of Coney Island, when people with unique genetic anomalies set themselves up as living displays of grotesqueries for consumption by the straight world.

—Thee 999 EYES vaudevillian freakshow is the last genuine traveling freakshow in the United States – or the first in over 40 years to feature more than three LIVING HUMAN ODDITIES such as the half woman, the dancing dwarf, lobster girl, the Black Scorpion (our very own lobster boy). The 999 EYES authentic human oddities freakshow tours an authentic oddities museum, Lowrent the clown, and a dark carnival jug band -That Damned Band.

—The 999 EYES authentic human oddities freakshow explicitly celebrates real genetic diversity by showcasing amazing feats performed by LIVING HUMAN ODDITIES! The freaks share real stories of what it is like to be born truly different from the average 10-fingered and 10-toed genetic blueprint for humanity – giving folks from all corners a chance to realize that what is different in beautiful. We present as guests Human Marvels and Sideshow artists, such as Katzen the Tiger Lady and Great Gozleone the Sword Swallower for their wondrous sideshow skills. In the 999 EYES show, one must be born physically and obviously different from the vast majority of humanity to be considered a true freak. Freaks are performers who choose by their own free will to celebrate their medical anomaly on stage. The 999 EYES supports rights for differently-abled people, and we play only in wheelchair accessible venues.

—By acknowledging carnival sideshow history the 999 EYES empowers communities with alluring, inventive, and fearless displays of imagination and dream! The 999 EYES show not only provides a place for roving gypsy carnival performers and “human curiosities” to express their art but also provides an environment which revives and highlights the great performers and freaks of the past – and their true life stories! Using olde-tyme music, vaudevillian skits, story telling as well as classic carnival sideshow acts and performance, a world is created that taps into profound emotion, reminding the AUDIENCE of the actualization of the living dream. The 999 EYES brings the AUDIENCE into a world where the strange and bizarre are beautiful. At the same time, this gives the “human curiosities” of the modern age a venue to be truly appreciated once again – celebrating real genetic diversity.

—Lost in time, hidden in the dark corners and in the dusty shelves of old book stores, in the basements of libraries and museums, lies the fabulous, fantastical history of the carnival sideshow – a time when the differently formed were glamorized as part of a traveling caravan and not locked up in institutions. A time when there was a place and venue for amazing performers to come together in a gypsy caravan style and change the atmosphere of the town around them – reminding people there is another way of life and relieving people of their daily routines – reminding them of the power of magic and imagination. The roots of radical artistic movements of today are deeply intertwined with the carnival sideshows of the past…

—The 999 EYES is a collaborative carnival art troupe is co-created with many fabulous individuals – LIVING HUMAN ODDITIES, musicians, magicians, sideshow artists, clowns, writers, experts – each of which works on the troupe’s routines, props, banners, and costumes together. Each show is co-created, with input from the freaks as well as everyone else. 999 EYES tours selectively, sometimes displaying the 999 EYES Museum ov Mutantstrosities, an authentic American Dime Museum, complete with Patches the two-headed cow, pickled punks, oddities from around the world, and displays that tell the history of the freak show.

—The 999 EYES show is suitable for all ages and contains no blatant vulgarity or explicit sexual content. It is available to all ages, recreating the world one freakshow at a time – awakening the collective subconscious to a world where the strange and bizarre are beautiful.

 

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PEG-O THE LEG-O

the Modern-Day Elephant Man

Ken “Peg-O the Leg-O” lives with a genetic condition known as Neurofibro-matosis, or NF for short. He lives with little lumps and bumps all over his body, from the tip of his head to the tops of his toes. Pegleg’s story is an inspirational triumph over adversity.

Born in 1895, inflicted with the genetic disorder NF to the point of having one leg removed, Pegleg traveled the freakshow circuit. He stayed on until 1935 when scientists, whose goal it was to kill the freakshow for social control, stole him from the midway to experiment on and study him to prove that his condition was that of a sick human and not of a Fabulous Freak… because funding for the project was cut they decided to freeze him until more funds could be obtained. The funding never came and Poor Pegleg was forgotten…

Until one day a kindly showoman snuck into the basement of a medical anomalies laboratory. Her initial goal was to obtain a two-headed baby for her show, but it was there that she then discovered the man frozen. After defrosting Pegleg she set out to help him in his mission of revenge on the scientists who are still trying to destroy the freakshow Museum ov Mutantstrosities by institutionalizing, exploiting and abusing freaks for medical answers and experimentation…

Peg-O the Leg-O is “Eye-Live”, living and breathing, on stage in our show and on the inside of the 999 EYES Museum ov Mutantstrosities, or at the door taking tickets. As seen on T.V. in National Geographic’s “Taboo”, Channel 7 news El Paso, and in Hollywood

 

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“EYE-LIVE” AKA LOBSTER BOY “EYE-LIVE”


Performance Art Genius! TIME magazine said so! (NO THEY DID NOT.)

“Why would I steal three jokes from you when I have hours of material?” -Dane Cook

“Not in my America.” -Randy Quaid

“I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.” -Groucho Marx

“He’s everything I would want my son to be if he’d turned out like that.” -Geriatric Caucasian Lady

Like an arrow ripping through the larynx, the Black Scorpion burst onto the sideshow scene, sending shock waves of panic throughout the metal folding chair industry.

After his stint doing “time,” out and on probation, the Black Scorpion has returned, prepared to make it rain (if and only if by “rain” you mean cry) because he will most likely make it “rain” real hard, possible flooding.

See the modern day Cupid live and on stage with Ballyhoo Betty and the 999 Eyes Freakshow and Surreal Sideshow, before the “care facility” realizes he is gone.

ACTS PERFORMED
Hammer Hands, 5/3 Questions, “Die-Hard” Glass Walking, Balloon Swallow, Electric Chair, Handcuff Escapes, Self Tying Shoelaces, as well as the Black Scorpion Puppet

CLUBS, PARTIES AND CONVENTIONS:
Antone’s (TX), Liberty Lunch (TX), SUNY Purchase College (NY), California Institute of Abnormal Art (LA), Maxine’s (AR), Asbury Lanes, (NJ).

AS SEEN IN
National Geographic’s “Taboo”, Bizarre Magazine, the Documentary “the Last American Freak Show”, the Travel Channel, Rue Morgue Magazine, Spirit (Southwest Airlines in-flight Magazine)

For more of the Black Scorpion’s media & opinions, visit his campaign web site:

 

 

VLAD VENDETTA

Vlad (French for “Tickler”) rose to fame in the 1900s thanks to the popularization of the lunch/dinner cereal, “Cinnamon Rings.” He seemingly vanished from the public eye for over 100 years until his sudden return to the world stage, investing his entire fortune into a supposed “time travelling” sideshow troupe. Sadly, Vlad died in 1956 of erotic asphyxiation, but you can see him direct from the past with the 999 Eyes Freakshow and Surreal Sideshow.

PHOTO BY MELISSA SCHRAMM

DAME DEMURE

“EYE-LIVE”
MADAME MINIATURE – THE DANCING DWARF, AND INSIDE TALKER.
“EYE-LIVE”

Our Madame Miniature – the Dame Demure is one of the most entertaining attractions in our fabulous Museum ov Mutantstrosities. She never fails to please the crowds with her raucous and dangerous act of dancing on broken glass. Along with H. Burns, she is also one of the foremost ‘inside talkers’, having given guided tours of the 999 EYES museum of oddities to many of the thousands of guests who have passed through the oddities museum.

She is “Eye-Live”, living and breathing, on stage in our show and on the inside of the 999 EYES Museum ov Mutantstrosities. As seen on T.V. in National Geographic’s “Taboo”, and in Hollywood.

MEDICAL EXPERT ELIZABETH ANDERSON

TERATOLOGIST, BANNER PAINTER, HUMAN ANOMALIES EXPERT


Elizabeth Anderson is one of the world’s foremost experts on the history of the freakshow and medical anomalies. She joined the crew of the 999 EYES as an advisor on medical anomalies and history, and as our chief banner artist.

She has studied intensively since she was a child, fascinated by the fabulous freaks like those that populate the 999 EYES Museum ov Mutantstrosities.

She has her own Historical Freakshow web site, which you can visit by clicking here:

 

KATZEN THE TIGER LADY

HUMAN BLOCKHEAD, FIRE EATER, TATTOOED WOMAN, AND “PAIN-PROOF” PRINCESS OF THE SIDESHOW

Available Only By Special Arrangement

Here we see a bizarre woman, a strange girl. Half girl, and half tiger, she is tattooed from the tip of her head to the tops of her toes with tiger stripes. They say that she is immune to pain from the many tattoos covering her body. Katzen is a world renowned performer who has wowed audiences for years, traveling extensively with many shows, as well as her own tours and performances.

She has trained for years to master the arts of the
sideshow – the Human Blockhead, bed of nails, eating fire, and, of course, tattooing. She bears the tiger stripes all over her body, and has even sprouted whiskers from her cheeks.

Katzen is one of the Human Marvels, amazing people that have heavily modified their bodies to reflect their “inner freak”.

 

PHOTO BY PIERRE JELENC 2004

ERIC ODDITORIUM

Sword swallower extraordinaire, Mister Eric Odditorium wows people around the states with his ever-growing, ever-dangerous brand of sideshow.

PHOTO BY GARY QUICK

THE GIANT HANDED MAN

AKA THEE AMBIDEXTEROUSITY

Available Only By Special Arrangement.

Here is a man born with one hand greatly engorged over the other. They say he is deadly in a fight, but he prefers the peaceful life of an artist. His name is Greg Allan, and he is a creator of large format photo realist paintings.

Greg Allen’s Mother suffered from acute phobia during her pregnancy. Her phobia was of curious, and some say dubious origin… for she was terrified of one of the most benign images known in western mythology. Familiar, comfortable (to most), yet to her, a frightening specter from beyond, powerful and eville beyond words: The Pillsbury dough boy.

Scientists speculate that this trauma created a maternal impression causing Greg’s hand to be inflicted with congenital lymphedima. Greg’s condition produced the ambidextrous ability of his hands which has contributed to his phenomenal talent of photo realist paintings.

Thee Ambidexterousity shares a condition that has been exhibited by many fabulous freaks of old.

PHOTO BY FRIENDS OF THE 999 EYES 2005

PHOTO BY 999 EYES 2005

MUSICIANS

ACCORDIONISTA, TALKER & CURATOR OV EYEBALLS

Dylan M. Blackthorn can be found in many places throughout world history. He is the keeper of the Quantum Wrench and has traveled back and forth on the roads of time, endlessly searching for members of the 999 Eyes, which he founded in 5 BC, 1850 and again in 2004 with Samantha X and Thee Lobster Girl based on a series of dreams and curious coincidences. Visions of Spiders and Eyeballs in his head brought him into the sideshow world, where he learned the art of the Human Blockhead form Herbie Hatman in the remote wilderness of northern California.

Soon, he was on the road aquisitioning pickled punks, and 2-headed animals for the 999 EYES Museum ov Mutantstrosities, and meeting with famous showmen such as Bobby Reynolds, John Strong, Jim Zajicek, and David Apocalypse. Along the way, he became a “jack-of-all-trades”, painting banners, fixing cars, and performing the other unsavory jobs of the showman, such as collecting eyeballs with his patented “Eyeball Extractor” from unwitting audiences around the country.

Before joining the sideshow world, D. M. Blackthorn has been working with various folks in a collectivist structure putting on free, all ages parties for over 10 years, including GEEKFEST, LIBERTATIA, Pyrate PunX Picnics, S.P.A.Z., and the Autonomous Mutant Festival. D. M. Blackthorn has worked as production assistant for the record labels S.P.A.M. Records Collective, KatabatiK Meta Communications Platform, and PLAGUE WATER brewing collective, as well as booking a few shows on the side.

Former member ov bands the dreaded ACCORDION PLAGUE, thee HOBO GOBBELINSSOUR MASH HUG band, DAY of the ZOMBIE, ORCUS, and CLAN OV THE BLEEDING EYE; as well as performance art troupes INTERNATIONAL MAGGOTT THEATRE, the BOB WIERDOS, and Dr. LEOPOLDS MULTI-FORM CABINET. D.M. Blackthorn is a volunteer with the Black Rock City DPW (Department of Public Works) as a metal artist and grunt worker at the Burning Man event.

DYLAN M. BLACKTHORN

 

SAMANTHA X

FREAK MOMMA, INSIDE TALKER, PIPER, & FREAK HISTORIAN

The ever-wandering Jewisian, Samantha X is one of the driving forces behind the 999 Eyes. Along with Dylan Blackthorn and Thee Lobster Girl, Samantha created, for those all too often confined to the shadows, a place to shine. Her style combines the forces of Eastern European Jewish music, Yiddish vaudeville and of course, the freakshow!

Samantha plays on a variety of instruments including flute, xylophone, baritone, pennywhistle and jug. Samantha X acts as Inside Talker during our shows and is an expert on the history of the freak show as well as the anatomy and physiology of genetic human anomalies.

PHOTO BY REBECCA SIKES 2007

DOCTOR SICK

With 25 years of violin playing, over 15 years of guitar, and a knowledge of arranging and composition, Doctor Sick is a musical jack of all trades. Using his training in music theory, he’s performed as a singer and instrumentalist for 7 years as a full time artist. No day job for this fella. His credits include 2 years as a street musician in New Orleans, 3 years traveling with Austin’s own Asylum Street Spankers, and 3 years with Dallas based 3 Redneck Tenors (America’s Got Talent). Also a producer of his own Burlesque and Variety shows in Texas and New York, he’s a seasoned announcer, gutsy song writer, and calculated wild man on stage. He plays 15 + instruments, mainly violin and guitar with 999, all the while conducting the band, and even occasionally plays assistant to members of the 999 cast in their bizarre routines.

MIKE GRAY

Swooped up and carried on the wings of a raven, straight from Charm City, Mike Gray landed with a crash into the 999 Eyes Freakshow and Surreal Sideshow. Gray has amassed an arsenal of rhythmic wonders, such as the amazing Go Box (The Zinc King), from his 12 years of mastering the art of percussion.

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