The sideshow talker works
with a formula,
Something an inside lecturer with an audience doesn't have
to do, especially if he isn't
depending on selling enough cheap tickets to live on his
Do something spectacular to attract and stop the tip.
something started that is interesting enough to freeze the
Keep doing things to interest the tip long enough to make
(On a midway there are a thousand things happening to
distract the tip from you)
Bring the bally to its
climax as you make the close.
Crack the price
(If they are tough, make
a jam opening)
Direct the ticket sale.
(Show them where go)
If the bally is successful your ticket seller will make
sales for a few minutes, while you do the grind.
As soon as the sales wane
(or God forbid you blank),
You immediately start the
next bally, and do it all over again.
A well operated show will do hopefully, six ballys and
The talkers and the bally performers work one hour on and
one hour off. We usually try to have three talkers so they
can work one hour on and two off.
That gives enough time
off to refresh relax and hit the bally hard for the week
Cordially, Ward Hall