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|Jim Rose Circus|
|Date of premiere||1990s|
The Jim Rose Circus is a modern-day version of a circus sideshow. It was founded in Seattle in 1991 by Jim Rose and his wife BeBe Aschard Rose. The sideshow came to prominence to an American audience as a second stage show at the 1992 Lollapalooza festival, then called the "Jim Rose Circus Sideshow", although they had toured the Northwest and Canada and had several US TV appearances before this time. Rolling Stone magazine called the show an "absolute must-see act" and USA Today termed Rose's troupe "Lollapalooza's word-of-mouth hit attraction".
In 1994, the Jim Rose Circus was chosen to tour with Nine Inch Nails, Pop Will Eat Itself and a then-unknown Marilyn Manson, and later with KoRn and Godsmack. 1998 saw another world tour featuring female sumo wrestling, Mexican transvestite wrestling and chainsaw football. The show landed Rose and troupe in jail in Lubbock, Texas and for four months the show was banned from New Zealand.
Jim Rose was also the top ticket of the Melbourne (Australia), New Zealand and Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe and Comedy Festivals.[when?]
On September 18 2018 Jim Rose announced that he has has formed the Jim Rose Zombie Circus. Which will be a mix of American Halloween and European comedy horror spectacle with amazing acrobats and other mesmerizing performers along with pyrotechnics and the beat of a big brass band playing and running around the stage all at the same time. No dates or performers have been announced at this time. 
Rose himself performs in between acts, mostly comedy but often stunts as well such as attaching paper currency to his forehead with a staple gun, driving a long nail into his nostril and having darts thrown into his back. During the show's final act, he would escape from a straitjacket. His most outrageous trick followed: he would invite audience members to stand on his head after he had placed it in a shallow crate of broken glass.
The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow video tape (1993 American Recordings) was re-released in 2003 as a DVD by Moonshine Music.
The Jim Rose Twisted Tour was a seven-episode series that debuted March 2003 on the opening week of the Travel Channel, although only five episodes were aired. It was released in 2006 on DVD, which includes all episodes.
Jim Rose wrote the autobiographical Freak Like Me (Real, Raw, and Dangerous) with journalist Melissa Rossi in 1995 (ISBN 9780440507444). The book describes Rose's early years and features a stream of consciousness on-the-road account of the Jim Rose Circus tour with Lollapalooza. The book's title is a reference to Black Like Me.
Rose also released the book Angles in 1999 and Snake Oil (Life's Calculations, Misdirections, And Manipulations) in 2005. The cover art was by Gail Potocki. Jim Rose also wrote the introduction to the book Gail Potocki: The Union of Hope and Sadness in 2006.
Rose was written about extensively in Marilyn Manson's autobiography 'Long Hard Road Out Of Hell'. The stories refer to the 1994 'Downward Spiral Tour' with Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails. Road manager Jan Gregor wrote Circus of the Scars (Brennan Dalsgard Pub 1998 ISBN 0966347900) about the group's formation and first tours.
According to an interview with Oddities Magazine, Jim Rose claims to have been involved in fundraising for the Mo Udall political campaign during a time in his life when he was addicted to heroin. He was quoted as stating that "[Mo] ran against Jimmy Carter and I was his fundraiser... I used to do fundraisers with like Gregory Peck and Robert Redford, actually while I was on heroin. They didn’t know... actually I forgot to tell them."
In 2012 Jim Rose became one of four contributors to the "Fraud, Scam, Rip Off and Con Artists BEWARE" website, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at informing the public about confidence tricks and exposing artist and band phishing techniques used by predators.
In 2013 Jim Rose started working with underground artists to help them fight against corporate entertainment promoters by using DIY marketing techniques. He released the video "Bands Beware Of Jim Rose Circus Scam That Actually Works To Make You Better Known" as part of a charity event taping.
Rose has been hired by corporations including Microsoft and regularly speaks as a consultant for PR firms; in this regard he has been pictured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company, and is featured in the marketing book The Deviant's Advantage. His PR company represents poker sites and manages publicity for top poker players.
Rolling Stone described the circus as an "absolute must-see act". The Independent praised the show as "brutally comic", adding that Rose "plays the highly-strung audience like a violin". Melody Maker compared the "revolted amusement" of the audience to that of tourists at a bullfight.
British Circus proprietor Gerry Cottle said, "I've seen a lot of things in my time. I must see 40 circuses a year, but this lot... They came on in their street clothes and then... They're beyond anything I've ever seen. They shocked me." The Times Magazine said that while it may not be everyone's idea of entertainment, it certainly did not deserve to be banned.