What is the Carny Code???
Marko, Marysville Ohio
Hi Marko, Thought we would
have some fun with your question, so I put it out to everyone
on the lot and this is what came back.
The names have be removed
to protect the innocent??????????????
So here goes...............
The Carny Code? No offense
towards you John, as I know you are asking as a service for
someone else, but if someone doesn't know what it is, they are
not with it and won't understand.
imo that question belongs
in the carnival history section on this forum. lol. not much
left out there.
Just ask Homer Simpson.
Carnies Built This Country,
The Carnie Part Of It, Anyway. And Though They May Be Ratlike
In Appearance, They Are Truly Kings Among Men.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
We been in the business
since my family came to this country...clinging to the side of
Once a Carny Always a Carny....
Be kind to your buddies old
lady and kids, they could be yours next spot.
Always get a first floor
hotel room...it's easier when jumping out the window to heel
Once a Carny Always a Carny....I
don't believe in that quote. Once I retired, I was done.
Please, Please, no one give
out the secret handshake and let any outsiders get a look at
your secret decoder ring.. ALWAYS carry your Knights of the
Misty Midway membership card.
What happens on the Road
stays on the Road....
The carny code huh? In my
humble opinion the carny code is this:
Stick together, because you
only have each other. And as always: GTFM! = )
Dot dot dash dot dash dot
The code appears to be as
Think of something good.
Invest your time and money to perfect it.
If it makes any money at all...
I'll copy it !!!
The Carny Code as refered
to by Homer Simpson (and Tod) is one I was never priviy too as
I was never a Carny. Never worked with a carnival...worked
around them (Independent Midway) but was never part of the
actual scene. (Circus is another story) I was a Showman not a
carny (big difference) and saw early on that the usual Midway
clientel, punks, (under 18) was not actually the group that I
wanted to show to, to reach the most bodies...Families with
kids. So I never set up on the actual midway but elsewhere on
the fairgrounds. Well, wait...I did once at a fair in Carson
City (had fun too!) but was never versed or rehearsed in any
I had my own code and that
IS a secret.
Anyway...you can have been
'with it' and not know the Carny Code...but looking around at
the many Carny's, I knew and saw maybe I didn't want to know.
The Code of the West, being bound by an unwritten code of
conduct, values of integrity and self-reliance guiding ones
decisions, actions and interactions is to my liking however.
No more than the Golden Rule.
Oh and "Respect the land,
defend the defenseless, and never spit in front of women or
My code is "Know who you
can trust and keep them close.......get the crowd in and get
their cash.....send them home happy with a MEMORY OF A
LIFETIME!!!.......count the money....do it again" So far,
that's working for me.
"Screw you, I got your dollar!"
Gobba - Gooba Gobba
- One of Us - One of Us!
IT JUST IS!
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