Carnival Undercover

Carnival Undercover

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by Bret Witter, Troy Prickett, Lorelei Sharkey
     
 
Entertaining, hilarious, and filled with hundreds of insider tips, this handbook will teach you how to win the biggest prize every time, identify the best seat on any ride, recognize the real freaks from the phonies, and create a carnival-quality funnel cake in your own home. This behind-the-scenes look at America's amusement parks also includes the goods on carnival

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Entertaining, hilarious, and filled with hundreds of insider tips, this handbook will teach you how to win the biggest prize every time, identify the best seat on any ride, recognize the real freaks from the phonies, and create a carnival-quality funnel cake in your own home. This behind-the-scenes look at America's amusement parks also includes the goods on carnival trade secrets-from how cotton candy is made to which coasters have injured the most people. A book for the aficionado and pop culture enthusiast alike, Carnival Undercover is required reading for the 270 million Americans who visit amusement parks and fairs every year.

Author Biography: Bret Witter has been a carnival and amusement park enthusiast since his first visit to the North Alabama State Fair in 1978. This is his first book.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Ladies and gentlemen! Step right up and learn the secrets of the midway! Arranged for beginners, this book first gives an overview of the carnival layout and the psychology behind it. The section on food contains a brief history of the common items, as well as recipes for funnel cakes. In "Midway Games Revealed," the odds of winning are shared, though how these were determined isn't clear. More importantly, the tricks to the games are exposed-once one knows the physics of the can toss, it is easier to capture the giant stuffed animal that comes with the win. A brief history of roller coasters and other rides follows. Finally, a brief and respectful history of sideshow acts and their secrets is shared, with plenty of warnings against attempting these tricks at home. "A Field Guide to Carnies" is less successful, and the accompanying cartoons are a bit stereotypical. Otherwise, this is a great introduction for those who just want to know the way things work at carnivals and fairs.-Jamie Watson, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452284289
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.62(d)

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Carnival Undercover 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BOOK WAS GREAT. I FOUNDOUT HOW TO BET ALL THE RIGED CARVIVEL GAMES.HOW TO MAKE FUNNEL CAKES. AND ROLLERCOATER RECORDS, HISTORY, AND PHYSICS. AMUSMENT PARK SECRETS ABD MORE. IF YOU EVER GOT RIPED OFF AT A CARNIVEL BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!