R.J. McBride has been involved in the amusement business since 1986 when she first cast her wondering gaze at the Coney Island Sideshow. Performers like Otis Jordan "The Human Cigarette Factory," and Melvin Burkhart "The Human Blockhead" captured her imagination. Since then she has been a keen observer on the scene of modern sideshow, following the early career of The Bindlestiff's Family Cirkus, as well as studying the early history of the genre from the days of Barnum's American Museum. In a previous incarnation, R.J worked in the publishing industry in NY, and wrote for several mass media magazines. She now lives with four trained circus dogs somewhere in the Ten Thousand Islands, off the Florida coast.