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• Phineas Taylor Barnum was born in Connecticut in 1810. As a young man, following a series of business failures, Barnum joined up with Aaron Turner, the owner of a traveling circus. One night Turner told the townfolk that Barnum was a preacher who had just been acquitted of murder. The people were getting ready to ride him out of town on a rail when Turner finally stepped up and revealed that he had been joking. When Barnum asked him why he had pulled this hoax, Turner replied, “Remember, all we need to insure success is notoriety. Our pavilion will be crammed tomorrow night.” And it was. Barnum learned a lesson of showmanship. • Next Barnum bought an old run-down museum in New York City and transformed it into a flashy attention-getting show. To gather crowds outside his museum, Barnum hired a band of musicians to play lively music. To make sure the masses then came into the museum instead of hanging around outside, Barnum hired only the worst musicians and made Turn the page for more! sure they played off-key.

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• Barnum discovered that the world loves to ogle human freaks. He made a tradition out of exhibiting the bearded lady, the fat boy, giants, midgets, Siamese twins, albinos, and the Wild Men of Borneo (who were really Hiram and Barney Davis from Long Island, New York). The tattooed man was advertised as having been punished in China for rebellion against the king by being tattooed over his entire body. The man had actually been tattooed in New York tattoo parlors. Barnum was not above humbug and used it often. • Once a customer sued Barnum claiming fraud, insisting the bearded lady was really a man. The trial was a public spectacle as the bearded lady, her husband, and a doctor testified as to her femininity. Thousands flocked to the museum to judge for themselves. Afterwards it came out that Barnum had hired the man to sue him solely to drum up free publicity. • Europe's greatest singer was Swedish soprano Jenny Lind. Barnum offered her $150,000 for 150 American concerts. This is equal to about $300,000 for each performance in today’s dollars. She insisted on being paid in advance, and Barnum had to sell or mortgage everything he had and secure loans from friends. Barnum decided to auction the tickets to Jenny's first American concert. He advised a friend of his to buy the first ticket, no matter what the price was. His friend was a hat maker, and Barnum assured him that the publicity he would get in the papers would be the beginning of his fortune. Thousands paid a quarter apiece just to get into the auction. The hat maker bought the first ticket for an astonishing $225 ($6500 today) and Barnum was correct in predicting that the publicity would bring people flocking to his hat shop. Jenny Lind's first concert raised nearly $18,000 ($500,000). By the time the tour was over, Barnum had made a net profit equivalent to $15 million in today’s dollars. ...continued FOR STATE SENATE

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• In 1842 Barnum purchased a so-called mermaid. It was actually a taxidermied monkey and a large fish skillfully sewn together and preserved. Barnum deliberately set out to stage a hoax. First he sent press releases to newspapers all over the country stating that British naturalist Dr. Griffin had discovered a new species of animal in the Fiji Islands. Next he hired a friend of his to pose as the British Dr. Griffin and give lectures about the mermaid. Barnum invited members of the press to examine the mermaid, and more articles and free publicity appeared in the papers. Pamphlets about the strange new animal (written by Barnum) were circulated. • Then Barnum announced that Dr. Griffin had refused to let the public see the animal. With the public aroused, Barnum announced one week later that Dr. Griffin had decided he would exhibit the mermaid at Barnum's Museum. In the first month of the exhibit, attendance tripled. The result of this elaborate fraud was that people all over the country believed that a species of mermaid existed in the Fiji Islands. When the hoax was found out, many people critisized Barnum saying that exaggeration could go too far. Barnum seemed to have realized that he had gone over the line. He refused to discuss the mermaid episode ever again. • When the founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals complained about making horses jump through flaming hoops, Barnum responded by jumping through a flaming hoop himself, followed by half of the circus crew. When the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children complained about the use of six acrobatic children in the bicycle-riding act, Barnum walked up to the superintendent of the organization and offered him $200 a week to exhibit himself as the man who wanted to take the bread out of children's mouths. ...continued

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