George "The Giant" McArthur (Sideshow Performer & Film Actor)

The Real Talk Podcast

06-10-2023 • 59 min

George "The Giant" McArthur is one of our most interesting local residents! Born and raised in Bakersfield, his travels have taken him from the campus of Highland High School to Bakersfield College to stages large and small across the country as a popular side show stage performer. He's also starred in the film "Big Fish", directed by Tim Burton and HBO's "Carnivale" to name a few! In this episode, George shares his story and we hype us his annual George The Giant's "Strange Museum of Oddities & Wonders" running Oct. 13,14,20,21,27,28. Fridays: 5pm-10pm, Saturdays 2pm-10pm. Admission is $7. Family-Friendly. Address: 5630 District Blvd., Ste. 122, Bakersfield, CA 93313. **Originally aired on Real Talk 10-6-23.


George "The Giant" has been performing professionally since 1991. To date, he has been seen in amusement parks such as Universal Studios and Knott's Berry Farm, publications ranging from "The Globe" and "The National Enquirer" to "Esquire Magazine," and television shows including "Touched By An Angel," local news programs, and even national talk shows. The Giant has toured the U.S. and Canada performing at colleges, night clubs, street fairs, and Renaissance festivals.
At the age of twelve George saw his first sword swallower and fire eater doing things he was told the human body could not do. He was not happy with this explanation. He knew what he saw. So with research and a burning desire to learn, he taught himself how to perform these feats of daring. George is now one of the few sword swallowers in the world. It has been said that George "The Giant" is one of the most complete side show performers around today... and the tallest! -

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