Adam Realman Blog

A Busy Winter...But Please End Soon!
Submitted on: Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:17pm

This winter brought more than just lots of snow. It brought some great performing opportunities. The new year started off at the first ever Brooklyn New Year's Eve celebration right under the parachute jump in Coney Island. The event was a huge success, drawing over 5,ooo revelers, where I performed with the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. 

I found my way to the Ivy Leagues with a featured performance at Yale University, also with the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. Then it was on to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Both performances were in collaboration with the Wadsworth's Coney Island Exhibition. 

Be on the lookout for a television appearance scheduled for April 9 on TruTv's hit show Impractical Jokers. I was filmed on the stage at Sideshows by the Seashore performing the classic sideshow act, the Human Blockhead. The Jokers were great to work with.

As luck would have it, with all the snow we've had in the New York area, I was very lucky to only have one event where I had to brave the elements and drive in a storm. Thankfully, I made it with time to spare and brought some much needed happiness to a wonderful group of kids!

We're only days away from spring and just weeks away from Coney Island USA's Spring Gala where along with some amazing sideshow performances, you can have the opportunity to meet the star of American Horror Story; Freakshow, Mat Frasier.

See ya in warm, sunny Coney...I hope!

At The Year's End...
Submitted on: Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:37pm

As the calendar year approaches it's end, I look forward to sending it off in pure Coney Island style. 

I'll be performing with the cast of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow under the parachute jump on New Years Eve for the first event of it's kind. It'll be cold, but the energy of the night will keep us warm. I hope. Fireworks will light up the night sky following our performance.

On New Years Day, right after the 1:00 Polar Bear Club swim, I'll be joining the sideshow again for another fun filled day of unusual acts and elecrtifying feats. This time we'll be at Sideshows By the Seashore. First show starts at 2:00.

Hope to see you there...and have a happy new year!!!

Support the Small Business
Submitted on: Sun, 08/18/2013 - 10:49am

About two months ago I was looking on Etsy for a set of wrist cuffs. What strongman doesn't have wrist cuffs, right? Anyway, I stumbled upon Eastern Oregon Leather Co. and seeing as they had quite the selection on Etsy, I jumped on to their website. All I can say is wow! If it's made of leather and looks cool, Shane at Eastern Oregon can make it! I called up and placed an order with Shane. Talk about service! The shop owner takes the time to get on the phone, discuss exactly what i want and then goes to create it. About two weeks later my wrist cuffs arrived. They were beautiful! So nice and well made, that a few weeks after that I ordered a second pair. Only this time I wanted something custom made. I took a pre-existing idea from a cuff he had already made and explained to Shane what modifications I was looking for...again, he actually takes the time to talk to his customers! His response: "Of course I can do that". And he did. Two weeks later I get an email from him saying that the cuffs have shipped...and by the way, there's now a 'Realman Gauntlet' on the site! And as expected, the cuffs are amazing!!!

Not only am I happy that I support a fantastic small business who's craftsmanship, customer service and designs are second to none, I now have a signature gauntlet!

 

The Strongmen Return!
Submitted on: Sun, 03/24/2013 - 11:09am

it's the season of the strongman in more ways than one. There's lots of big news in the strongman commmunity. The documentary 'Bending Steel' is set to make it's world priemere at the Tribecca Film Festival on April 20. The film follows strongman Chris Schoeck as he trains for a performance slot at the first annual Olde Time Coney Island Strongman Spectacular. I'm thrilled to say that I play a major role in the film as does my co-producer of the Strongman Spectacular, Chris Rider.

And speaking of the Strongman Spectacular, mark your calendars for Sunday, May 19. The strongmen will return to the hurricane ravaged shores of Coney Island for a show unlike any other in the world. The line-up will be announced soon, but let me just say that  two living legends will be performing this year.

Stay Strong! We'll see you in Coney Island on May 19!

Coney Island Strongman Spectacular
Submitted on: Sun, 06/03/2012 - 8:26am

It could not have been a nicer day! Temperature in the low 80's, sun shining and plenty of people heading out to see the return of thr strongmen in Coney Island.

The day began with the Baby Soda Jazz Band on the main stage. Complete with horns, banjo and one-string bass, Baby Soda was as refreshing as the salty sea mist spraying up 12th Street.

Gathering a huge crowd on the Sideshows by the Seashore's bally stage, Cardone, assisted by a dozen boy scouts from troop 422 got into his Houdiniesque milk can. Once tightly shackled he plunged into the warm water and was locked in only to miraculously escape some 80 seconds later...and those 80 seconds felt like a life-time, as I was the one counting down and holding the bolt cutters...

Now on to the truck events. As the crowd made it's way to the other end of Surf Ave., between the Bowery and the boardwalk, 3 strongmen were getting ready to perform unimaginable feats! First up, Baron Geiger who pulled 2 pick up trucks...with his teeth. Next, Stanless Steel Pleskun endured the front tire of a large pick up truck being driven onto his stomach. (I was ready to catch popping eyeballs, but Stan, being a true professional strongman was unfazed by the weight of the truck and walked away with a huge round of applause. Chris Rider, one of the strongest men in the world pulled his own pick up truck down 12th St. loaded with 7 grown men...with his hair! That's right, with his hair!

And if all that wasn't enough, the 2 hour stage show began immediately. Six strongmen took to the stage showcasing their unique talents. Steve Weiner hoisted a 200 pound fire hydrant with his head, Chris Schoeck ripped through a dozed decks of cards, Sonny Barry bent bolts and a three foot steel bar across the bridge of his nose, Brad Johnson drove nails into a piece of lumber and then did pull ups off of the driven nails, Chris Rider bent and twisted more tools than it would take to maintian the Cyclone roller coaster. But it was special guest, Slim 'the Hammerman' Farman that brought the audience to theit feet. Slim, at age 78 was able to pound out more reps on 'the crusher' than all of the volunteers combined for a total of 87!

We were thrilled to honor Mike Greenstein, son of the Mighty Atom. Mike at age 91 enjoyed every minute of the show and even helped block spectators at the truck events!

Immediately following the show, VIP ticket holders were treated to a meet and greet with the entire cast of the show in the Coney Island Museum. The VIP's were given autographed posters and unique items that were bent, twisted and torn during the performance.

Special thanks to RIngling Brothers and Feld Entertainment, Coney Island USA and the Coney Island Dancers for making the Olde Time Coney Island Strongman Spectacular happen.

 

 

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