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.
started that is interesting enough to freeze the tip.
Keep doing things to interest the tip long enough to
make the opening.
(On a midway there are a thousand things happening to
distract the tip from you)
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 your on.
Cordially, Ward Hall