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In 1950, its last season on the rails, Dailey Bros. Circus was a haven for grifters.

 

Pete Cristiani provides an insight to grift on Ben Davenport’s Dailey Bros. Circus, in 1950.  During this rail show’s last season, Pete managed the pie (gambling) car, married the boss’s daughter (Norma Davenport Cristiani), and took on a new gambling partner, boxer Joe Louis.  This is an edited version of a video presentation that Lane made at the Circus Historical Society convention several years ago, taken largely from interviews with Pete and Norma (who died in 2010). 

Video by Lane Talburt

 


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