The Showman’s art…
As a Circus Ringmaster, I have found it necessary to master the
art of eloquent public speaking…
After years of refining my abilities at hyperbole, in a moment of
insight, I recognized that the art of writing was only a step away
from making a pitch. A circus ringmaster is above all a pitchman .
A pitchman captivates an audience with a well-told story…
A writer simply puts it to paper…
Every great Showman that I have ever met was, without exception, a
master raconteur, and loved to captivate a group with a great
None ever allowed the simple truth or the actual facts to stand in
the way of a terrific story…
The stories told on the carnival midway comprise an oral history
of this uniquely American form of entertainment…
Some of these stories outlive the storytellers and pass into
legend. The scandalous, the outrageous, the monumentally
egotistical, these are the popular subjects of the midway jackpot…
Cutting up jackpots is the next best thing to making money on the
midway. There are hard-luck stories that can break your heart.
There are stories of revenge. There are the stories of amazing
comebacks. The best stories are about people who get a well
deserved screwing when their own machinations somehow backfire…
Improv and ad-lib is a way of life on the midway. A good Showman
earns his living with a well-timed killer crack . Every
high-powered agent working a joint is an obscure and unknown
comedian whose success is measured not in applause but rather in
the day’s take…
The greatest compliment one Showman can pay to another is to say;
“he’s got some great cracks”. A killer crack is one that is so
devastatingly funny or so outrageously absurd that there is no
possible comeback. Dropping one of these lethal one-liners at the
opportune moment will slay the wise guys in the peanut gallery…
This is when you “hit the jackpot”…
Jackpots — Troupers’ tall
tales (regular folks might say "war stories") of their former
exploits. "Cutting up jackpots" is the expression given to
swapping these stories. -
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