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    Freak Shows Set to Compete in Coney Island
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    A perfomer lies on a bed of nails in Coney Island.

    It's two-headed cow vs. the lizard man as dueling freak shows are set to battle it out on Brooklyn's famed Coney Island Boardwalk.
        
    A West Coast sideshow act wants to set up shop just two blocks away from Coney Island's reigning oddball act famous for its army of fire eaters and sword swallowers.

    John Strong, whose Hollywood-based circus act bears his name, boasts a collection of 250 oddities, including a two-headed cow and a 19-inch horse.
        
    Though Strong says he plans to open in April at the former site of Astroland Park, a spokesman for the park's owners says the company hasn't yet made a decision.

    Even so, Dick Zigun, founder of the long running Coney Island Circus Sideshow, says he's ready to protect his turf.