What's the Job of the Talker?
by Mark Frierson
A talker's 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" of truth.
pickled specimens will seem to be alive on
the inside, when they are actually dead and
You will believe
that Zambora the Gorilla Girl is standing
naked inside of her cage, when in fact she
is bikini clad.
Turning the 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.
The talker's need
to create a sense of urgency in the tip, as
so they feel that they must go in and see
the show "RIGHT NOW!!!".
It is also very
important in the sideshow business to
greatly embellish the positive, and downplay
the negative as much as possible.
amounts to truth-stretching, and denial.
Mark Frierson's Gallery of Freak 100
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 Business.
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