One year the Houston Shrine Date had rides and
shows set up in the area where the animals were kept.
Charlie had his show booked there me and Smokey
spent many an hour cutting up jackpots and being entertained.
Besides Marie he had pickled snakes, shrunken
heads and lots of circus pictures and memorabilia.
If business was slow he would keep the casket
closed and when stragglers came in he would wait until they
asked, "Can we raise the lid?" He would solemnly say, "The
casket will open automatically in 11 seconds." He had a
concealed button that he would press and if any of the squeamish
reacted he would ask excitedly, "Did she move?" and if there was
any uncertainty he would get a pencil and paper and take their
names and addresses explaining all such events were immediately
reported to the Mayo Clinic. After they left he would toss it in
the trash and resume his conversation with me and Smokey.
Charlie was once playing a Shopping Mall and got
rousted by the Police who claimed a neighbor was complaining
she could smell the body.
Here's a shot of him atop "Alice" at what appears
to be the York, SC quarters
Carson & Barnes Circus 1981 Ted Bowman, Charlie
Campbell, D.R. Miller, Bob Brisbane and Richard Reynolds.
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