The Tailgate Entertainer | Performers | Performance Business | Creatives | Artists | Talent Buyers

Tailgate Entertainer is a podcast about the fair industry and the exciting people involved in it. The goal of the show is to help those involved in the industry succeed by sharing years of collected wisdom. You will not find a more eclectic mix of people in the world than those that work at fairs. Their exciting journeys, lessons, and humorous anecdotes are woven together here to provide encouragement, education, and support for the industry.
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Aug 28, 2018

For many performers, the circus has been a way of life for as long as they can remember. Ivan España is a fifth-generation circus performer and is currently creating and performing in shows with his wife Allison. They both have a heart and passion for the industry and dedicate a surplus of hard work and time to each and every show. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer to hear more about their journey and their current production, The Great Mr. Swindles Peculiarity.

The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden is an original production by Salto Entertainment of Englewood, an entertainment group with a decade of live family entertainment production experience. Salto Entertainment’s production and performance credits include the motorcycle madness of Moto Maniacs, the aerial antics and death-defying stunts of the steampunk-themed production FLIPPIN, and co-producers of CIRQUESA – Dream Quest, a journey of self-discovery as told through circus artistry. Salto Entertainment is owned and operated by Allison Blei and Ivan España, whose family was recently inducted to the Circus ‘Ring of Fame’ in Sarasota’s St. Armand’s circle marking their significant contributions to the art and culture of circus amongst many other incredible icons such as P.T. Barnum and The Ringling Bros.

Show Highlights:

  • Growing up in a family of entertainers
  • Acrobatics and the skywheel
  • Giving people memorable performances
  • Challenges with bringing an entire circus act to a fairground
  • Motivating factors
  • Creating shows you create
  • Transitioning from conventions to the fair
  • Word of mouth marketing
  • Individualism and putting in your entire heart
  • Fears and difficult circumstances
  • Tips for going the circus direction
  • Love for entertaining the audience

Resources Mentioned:

Mr. Swindle's Traveling Peculiarium

Aug 21, 2018

Building and creating a unique act is a major accomplishment but it is even more valuable when you get to perform with a close friend. Illusionist Adam The Great and Tyzen The Comedy Hypnotist, also known as the Show Bros™, are two close friends who have established a remarkable show together and continue to create innovative material.

Combining two great talents with amazing shows on their own, they have created an amazing new show, called The Show Bros™, which highlights the best of both shows. In this episode, we go behind the scenes and find out the origins of this synergistic show.  The unique thing about this show is that Tyzen and Adam actually perform together - this combination of talents is compelling entertainment! The show is still very new, but is already getting rave reviews and is destined to be one of the greats!

Show Highlights:

  • Making connections through the fair
  • Being a role model for children
  • Maintaining a friendship through working together
  • The challenges of marketing for a theatre
  • Issues behind the scenes - it’s not all roses!
  • Getting advice from close advisors
  • Fine tuning productions
  • Setting boundaries and legal parameters
  • Getting started in magic
  • Transitioning into a full-time fair career
  • Being innovative and coming up with new acts
  • Being patient
  • Having fun with your own work
  • Plagiarism within the industry
  • Learning to write originally
  • Performing your best for every crowd
  • Charging what you’re worth
  • Discovering careers outside of the entertainment industry

Resources Mentioned:

Pacific Animal Productions

Adam the Great


Aug 14, 2018

There is a surplus of talent, acts, and shows in the fair industry. Many of the performances have been around for hundreds of years, but some of them recently have sprung and become popular over the last few decades.

Tom Sailor has invented and innovated multiple aspects of the fair industry and currently works with Winter Set Concert Events. He has years of experience and insight on the fair industry that is unique to his creative perspective. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with your hosts, Alan Bruess and Eric Haines, if you’re interested in how to break through the industry and taking risks.

  • How life led Tom into the fair industry
  • Belly Bucking
  • The birth of male strippers
  • Women’s mud wrestling
  • Taking mud wrestling to fairs
  • Creating a bungee diving show
  • The biggest competition in the fair industry
  • What the industry is missing
  • Thinking outside of the box
  • Areas that lack talent and room for opportunity
  • The importance of a personal relationship
  • Breaking through into the industry
  • Not comparing your act to others
  • Always putting on your best show


Art To Market

Aug 7, 2018

Anyone can be a performer, but only hard-working and dedicated individuals become a great performer. It takes many years and lots of practice to establish a name and create a timeless act, which is why not many people make it as a full-time entertainer. Todd Victor has been a full-time entertainer for over 30 years and has created beautiful stages to host various acts, he coaches entertainers, and has established a successful mentoring program to boost other performers. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with Alan Bruess and Eric Haines to see how you can bring your art to market and take the next steps to improve your performance. 


Show Highlights:

  • Moments that led up to being in the fair industry 
  • Giving advice to yourself in the past 
  • Taking care of yourself and being innovative 
  • Adjusting the show to fit where you’re at in life 
  • Reducing wear on your body 
  • What needs the fair-grounds can provide for performers
  • Pros and cons of working with your spouse
  • How unique makeup affects business 
  • Formula for traveling 
  • How to adapt shows to stay relevant 
  • Bringing art to a marketplace and making a living off it 
  • Taking classes for various skills 
  • Hiring advisors to direct and critique acts 
  • Practicing to fine tune skills 
  • Emphasizing being a great performer 
  • Finding the balance between work and home life 
  • Getting the most out of your time and making connections 
  • Working hard to maintain trust and make others shows successful