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When: Saturdays. Continues through July 30 2016

Sideshow entertainer Thom Britton’s solo show is part performance, part demonstration. He eats fire, hammers a nail into his nose, shoves his face into a pile of broken glass, and then unveils the science that keeps him free of harm during each act. Knowing doesn't make any of the stunts any less amazing—even though Britton explained that our heads are full of nasal passages wide enough to fit a nail, I still cringed and stared in awe as he tapped one into a nostril. Britton is a charismatic performer who appears genuinely thrilled to share how simple his seemingly death-defying acts really are. His explanations are peppered with jokes and carnival flair, making even the dullest details memorable and entertaining. Together with the preshow display of a dead flying frog, a fallout shelter radiation kit, and other odd items from the traveling educational group the College of Curiosity, I may have retained more information about science and history during a single carnival-themed night than in all my years of schooling. —Brianna Wellen

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