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DIRECTED BY - Gary Beeber

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Enter the bizarre world of Scott Baker, master of the bally stage at Coney Island's Sideshows by The Seashore. In this award-winning documentary short, Director Gary Beeber uses archival footage, interviews with freaks, carnies, and performers of all shapes and sizes, and an intimate conversation with Scott Baker himself to deliver to the viewer performances of his most outrageous, death-defying sideshow routines as well as an honest look into the life of a constant and consummate performer.


Film Info

RUNTIME - 23 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2007

FORMAT - DVD Region All

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English

ATTRIBUTES - Stereo, Director's Cut


Gary Beeber


Gary Beeber


Matt Press


Gary Beeber

Associate Producer

Uta Winkler

Original Music

Mario Sprouse


Scott Baker


"BALLY-MASTER" is a tight, riveting document of a national treasure - Scott Baker. Through Scott and his cohorts at Sideshows by the Seashore, an important cultural and anthropological history is being preserved; through Gary Beeber's lens, it is presented in a captivating and entertaining format. Gary Beeber's journey from photographer to filmmaker gives his work the feel of an unrehearsed art object. Hats off to both Mr. Baker and Mr. Beeber for a wonderful evening!"

- Professor Sprocket, Palace of Wonders, Washington, D.C.

"Scott Baker is so wickedly entertaining that you don't want to pull your eyes off of him lest you'll miss one of his crazy jokes, tricks, gags, etc. The guy is that good. He's the barker who stands out front...he's the show MC who performs magic tricks and gross-out stunts...mildly disgusting, but performed in such a fun way that you're not sure if you're going to barf from witnessing these abominable acts or from laughing so hard...not everyone can make it down to Coney Island, but Beeber has given us the next best thing: a film that's a little mysterious, a little frightening, very funny and hugely entertaining."

- Mike Everleth, Bad Lit

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