Englishtown, New Jersey: 9-ft. tall Arabian Giantess
- Long gone flea market exhibit.
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There was a 9-foot Tall Arabian Giantess touring the West Coast, separate from the East Coast Giant. We were not a part of the West Coast Shows. We charged 25 cents to get in to see our giantess.
In Oct. 1985, the Arabian Giantess and The Ape Girl Show was left in Dallas, Texas at a parking lot lot somewhere, because the owner had an emergency call to go back to Puerto Rico.
I worked for Harvey Fillmore for way over 15 years.[Thomas Weinstein, 03/31/2009]
Here is an update of the Arabian (Giantess) from the Englishtown Auction as I remember it. The tape loop played continuously throughout the day but had a skip in the very begining so the "A" in "Arabian" was skiped over. So the whole thing was like this: "Raaaaaaabian Princes... This giantess was discovered in 1949 and has been shown in Universities and Colleges throughout the United States and is now here for you. She was nine feet tall, weighed four hundred and fifty pounds, and had the strength of ten men. And although she was very beautiful the agony on her face showed that she probably died a Horrrrrrrrrrrrrrible death. Doctors and nurses, with the proper credentials, are admitted free."[Howie Waldman, 09/16/2006]
Built it! I did not create the Arabian Giantess herself, though I met the artist who did (he was from New Mexico I believe), in 1968 or '69 I helped build the trailer she was housed in and aided in the design of the paintings on the show front and writing of the looped spiel. I also traveled with the show for a while.
This is possibly the most copied of carnival side shows (along with The Giant Rats from Paris, France -- a show I also worked with), I have seen many versions. The giantess was paper mache over wooden bones.
Jimmy Dixon owned the show and was maybe the 1960s and 70s king of the carnival sideshow. He built traveling wax museums that had custom show cars and motorcycles, monsters, magic and animal acts. Helped design and build the Girl Changes to Gorilla show seen in the James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever" and was once the absolute best Wonder Mouse pitchman in the west. He traveled all over the U.S. and Canada with his shows, was a former professional magician. As was I, also worked as a circus clown and did a mechanical man act. Built a lot of neon signs too. Now retired from that and the road.[L.D.Cullens, 04/08/2006]
I remember "The Arabian Giantess" attraction that was parked in a large trailer at the Englishtown Flea Market in 1974. It was very realistic and had a blaring introduction which beckoned the crowds. The body in the case really was nine feet tall, and being that I work in the film industry as a special effects makeup artist , I think that it was constructed from cow bones and then covered in latex, cotton, and tissue paper.
The body looked so realistic that the PA system proclaimed, "Doctors and Nurses will be admitted free!"[Rick Crane, 08/09/2003]
Seen on your pages this attraction haunted vendors and shoppers alike at Englishtown Auction Sales. I remember not the mummy itself but the "tinny" announcement which actually blared in an incessant loop continuously the entire day which could be heard throughout the entire outdoor portion of the HUGE market. I myself never went inside the trailer even though I had shopped there for years. I remember the attraction from between 1966 when I moved into the area till the great fire sometime in the mid seventies. Ironically I have been searching for that audio as I still remember most of the words for the entire broadcast .
"The Arabian Giantess!!.....THIS petrified princess is over SIX THOUSAND years old and stands over nine feet tall! .Doctors and Nurses with proper credentials are admitted free... Even though she is very beautiful To see the look of horror on her face, one knows that she must have died a HORRIBLE DEATH.................The Arabian Giantess!"
... from 6 AM till perhaps 2 or 3 PM or even longer if the market was having a good day.[A.W. Smith, 12/21/2002]