Tricia Vita

Visit my blog Amusing the Zillion, a former carny kid casts an insider’s eye on the amusement business, Coney Island, and fun places in between

Games Magazine Sept 2011 Collectible Pinball: Feature on the Silver Ball Museum Arcade and Pinball Hall of Fame, and other places to play vintage pinball.

IAAPA Funworld Magazine, August 2010. History Project: Zamperla looks to Coney Island’s origins in creating the new Luna Park, which is breathing new life into that entire amusement district.

Games Magazine July 2010
Feature on The Williamsburg
Spelling Bee at Pete's Candy Store, where contestants puzzle over words like railwayac and piscivorous

Amusements & Attractions

The Game Within: The Dobson brothers have a talent for inventing winning midway games

Saving Circus World: A return to 'core values' brings the famed big top museum back from the brink of bankruptcy

From Costa Rica to North America, canopy tours, zip lines, and treetop walks offer a different kind of eco-tourism

Illuminating the Jump: Artist Leni Schwendinger discusses lighting the Coney Island landmark and its potentially brighter future

Games Magazine,
Cover feature/​pictorial on the new miniature circus at Sarasota’s Ringling Circus Museum

Coney Island's Parachute Jump rebounds with a $5 million renovation

Inspired by Imagination:
Students from Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center are paving the way for a new generation of interactive experiences

Business off the
beaten path

Small Worlds:
Miniature theme parks are popping up all over Europe. Find out how they're pulling off some big ideas

Where the Museum Meets the Midway

Many directions for ride inspections

Not just geography for kids in carnival schools

Enchanted Forest, a storybook theme park in Ellicott City, Md, struggles to make a comeback

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A Seasoned Writer
When I was the littlest carny kid with Colbert's Fiesta, I was a pro at calling the people in to play my Mom's Balloon Dart. Today I'm a New York-based journalist who has successfully pitched dozens of story ideas to the editors of national magazines. My articles have appeared in such consumer magazines as Art & Antiques, Islands, and Travel + Leisure, as well as the amusement industry trade publications Amusement Business and IAAPA Funworld.

I'm a contributing editor of Games (“The Magazine for Creative Minds at Play®") and have been a contributing writer for Luxury Log Homes & Timber Frame and Country's Best Log Homes, and a frequent contributor to the National Trust's Preservation. I've also written for custom magazines produced by Pace Communications and Haymarket Publishing.

My specialties include travel, the arts, and quirky subjects that evoke the razzle-dazzle of the midway. To read an archived feature on Coney Island's sideshow, Nathan's hot-dog eating contest, the Great Houdini and more, click on the article's title or the Publications link above. You'll also find links to archived features on historic preservation, heritage tourism, and museums and attractions. "Short Takes" focuses on unusual travel destinations.

I’ve worked as a literary scout in New York for the Japanese publisher Shueisha and translated One Thousand and One-Second Stories (Issen ichibyo monogatari) by the Japanese Dadaist Inagaki Taruho. The Ten-Woman Bicycle, a children's book, was excerpted in Ms. and published by presses in England, Holland and Sweden. My work has been translated into seven languages.

In 2009, I launched the blog Amusing the Zillion as a personal project. It has since become a leading source for news about Coney Island, garnering frequent mention of “as first reported by” and links to all of the New York dailies and many blogs.

Selected Work

Canned Wonders
Charitable competitions produce remarkable feats of Canstruction®
Greetings from Coney Island!
A former carny kid casts an insider's eye on the world's most famous beach amusement park
Bet on the Thin Guy
Upon examining recent advances in speed-eating techniques, we would like to offer you the following advice...
Art Awhirl!
An Empire State carousel maker's dream machine is almost set to spin
Conjuring Houdini
Searching for the spirit of the great escape artist in his American hometown
Step Right Up!
For one fairground art collector it's always a banner year
Short Takes
Sherlock's Home
Sleuthing the mysteries of Gillette's Castle in Connecticut
Log Home Lifestyle
Perfect Harmony
Milled logs of northern white pine from Quebec's Outaouais forest and a holistic design system that originated in India come together in a Vedic-style chalet in the cornfields of Iowa
Blossoming in the Blue Ridge
A city girl finds a new lifestyle, a new career, and recognition as an artist in a picturesque mountain town
A Natural Beauty
A red cedar home blends perfectly with its surroundings in Montana's Stillwater Valley
Stories for Children
The Ten-Woman Bicycle
"A tribute to the role of the bicycle in women's history...humorously told...wittily illustrated," Children's Book Bulletin (UK)
One Thousand and One-Second Stories
A gem of early modernism by the Japanese Dadaist Inagaki Taruho