What's the Job of
by Mark Frierson
job is to verbally convey to the tip, what a sideshow
banner would visually. He paints a mental image with his
words, so incredibly powerful and embellished with
half-truths, that the onlookers are magnetically drawn
into the show.
human curiosities cannot resist the temptation to see
what's "behind the curtain". The real truth is also
altered, without exactly lying, to create the "illusion"
and pickled specimens will seem to be alive on the inside,
when they are actually dead and motionless.
believe that Zambora the Gorilla Girl is standing naked
inside of her cage, when in fact she is bikini clad.
tip is the easy part - getting them in is where the work
comes in. People automatically want to see what's going
on whenever a demonstration, or something that looks like
a performance, is about to begin. The talker must then
rapidly spin his verbal web of entrapment, as so the tip
doesn't turn and walk away. It's much like fishing. You
put out the bait and wait for the interest to peak. Then
once they're hooked, that's it - it's all over from there.
need to create a sense of urgency in the tip, as so they
feel that they must go in and see the show "RIGHT
It is also
very important in the sideshow business to greatly
embellish the positive, and downplay the negative as much
what amounts to truth-stretching, and denial.
Frierson's Gallery of Freak 100 foot bannerline,
Mark Frierson and Guy
Sebastian in the ticket box, on the front of the Gallery
of Freaks show, published in the May 28th,1988 Amusement
Frierson's Bally: used here with his permission,
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