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Invitation to review book, "Don't Miss This,"
by photographer Jim R. Moore

Cover of book

You are invited to review "Don't Miss This: A Decade of Eccentric Performing Arts." This 284-page, hardcover limited edition is the latest release from Vaudevisuals Press. Photography is by Jim R. Moore, the American photographer who has documented the variety arts since the '70s. His photographs helped Philippe Petit plan his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 and were prominently featured in the Oscar-winning film "Man on Wire."

The book contains over 200 photographs taken between 2010 and 2020 plus accompanying essays that chronicle the last decade of eccentric performing arts.

Mary Blood Flores, "Reverend Billy" Bill Talen
Mary Blood Flores, "Reverend Billy" Bill Talen

You can write me to receive a watermarked PDF edition of the book for review purposes. (We hope you will not share or redistribute this review copy.)

"Don't Miss This..." will be launched May 9 at The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard Street, after which it will be available through all standard book sellers online and in stores. Pre-sale copies can be pre-ordered now at http://vvpress.com.

"Red Bastard" Eric Davis, Kevin Carr, Matt Mitler
"Red Bastard" Eric Davis, Kevin Carr, Matt Mitler

"Don't Miss This..." is photographer Jim R. Moore's pictorial paean to the stars of today's circus, sideshow, burlesque, and new vaudeville scenes. In its pages you will find the world's most eccentric extended family: clowns, acrobats, thespians, musicians, contortionists, jugglers, puppeteers, ventriloquists, daredevils, aerialists, opera singers, drag stars, monologists, impresarios, magicians, impressionists, fire-eaters, nuts, and acts of the sort we still don't have any polite name for.

The Wau Wau Sisters, Jennifer Miller
The Wau Wau Sisters, Jennifer Miller

Featuring images taken between 2010 and 2020, the book captures such latter day performing giants as Lawrence Pisoni (founder of the legendary Pickle Family Circus), Circus Amok's "Woman with a Beard" Jennifer Miller, bouffon artist and clown Red Bastard, drag king Murray Hill ("Somebody Somewhere"), sideshow star Todd Robbins, Alien Comic Tom Murrin, Avner the Eccentric, burlesque queens Julie Atlas Muz and the Wau Wau Sisters, and performance artists Penny Arcade and Reno.

Jenny Lee Mitchell, Todd Robbins
Jenny Lee Mitchell, Todd Robbins

The book begins with exclusive first-person essays by John Towsen (author of the seminal book "Clowns") and performance artists Paul Zaloom, Pat Olesko and Michael Smith.


Jim R. Moore studied mime, was a street performer and founded Hudson Street Studio in the late 1970s to promote variety artists. After 15 years as a professional he switched gears and became a professional photographer and videographer working and documenting the variety and eccentric performance arts. In 2009, Moore and his photos of tightrope walker Philippe Petit's World Trade Center feat were prominently featured in the Oscar-winning documentary film "Man of a Wire." In the same year, his short film, "The Ridiculous Romantic," won Best Silent Film at Coney Island Film Festival. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Village Voice, Crawdaddy, and Zygote and exhibited at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Library, Amsterdam Gallery, Cornelia Street Cafe and the Ohio Theater, among others.

Jim R. Moore
Jim R. Moore.
Photo by Kirk Marsh.

Vaudevisuals Press was established in 2009 to showcase photographs, videos, and written accounts of work by eccentric performers. Its first book was "Rose's Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville" (2020) with content by Trav S.D., James Taylor (of "Shocked and Amazed"), and others.

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We will be grateful for your review of this unique and valuable addition to the historical record of theater in our times.

Best wishes,
Jonathan Slaff, Press Representative