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The SQUIDLING BROTHERS are an international collective of circus sideshow performers from Philadelphia, Berlin and New York. Founded by JELLY BOY (clown of danger and science) & MATTERZ SQUIDLING (the impenetrable music man). Combining their feats of wonder, skill, and comedy, the show gives audiences a fast-paced, high-risk, unforgettable experience. Taking from the American Carnival and Theater of the Absurd traditions, The Squidling Brothers have mutated the classic and the modern to create a style all their own. Since hitting the road in 2008, they have toured continuously coast to coast in the United States and overseas to countries suchas: Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, England, Ireland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Israel, and Japan.

They have headlined the Coney Island Rockabilly Festival, performed at Theatre Bizarre (the largest Halloween party in North America), Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Beer Circus in Chicago, and Sadistic Circus in Toyko, Japan. Over the years they have shared the stage with rock bands Primus and the Exploited; as well as traveled with the Swing Shift Sideshow out of Las Vegas and Pain Solution from Norway. Various Squidlings have also been featured on television programs such as AMC’s Freakshow Season 2, Oddities San Francisco, America’s Got Talent, and recently on the big screen breathing fire in the Rocky film “Creed”. They have appeared on the national news in Holland for the world famous Hanky Panky Tattoo Museum and on various local news programs all around the world.

Off the stage the Squidling Brothers have produced and released a sideshow horror film (Freakshow Apocalypse), a documentary about Jelly Boy’s return to the stage after being rescued from a house fire (A Clown’s Recovery), and are currently working on a five part film series of their Philadelphia based Carnivolution (a story-driven stage show combining circus acts, puppets, and animation). Some of the things you’ll see in the show are glass walking, the bed of nails, feats of strength, sword swallowing, live music,sketch, and the mystery of electricity. When the venue allows, aerial acrobatics and fire performances add to the spectacle. As a large collective of performers, the Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow can be hired individually or as a group, depending on the desires of the event.

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