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Discover the skills, thrills, and chills that the carnies don't want you to know! Learn how to win the prize every time, how to choose the best seat on the roller coaster, and how to make a carnival-quality funnel cake in your very own home. Cringe at the worst - and most hilarious - accidents in amusement park history; uncover the secrets of sword swallowing and ride design; and thumb through the "Field Guide to Roller Coasters" to discover the fastest, steepest, wildest, and ...
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Overview

Discover the skills, thrills, and chills that the carnies don't want you to know! Learn how to win the prize every time, how to choose the best seat on the roller coaster, and how to make a carnival-quality funnel cake in your very own home. Cringe at the worst - and most hilarious - accidents in amusement park history; uncover the secrets of sword swallowing and ride design; and thumb through the "Field Guide to Roller Coasters" to discover the fastest, steepest, wildest, and deadliest rides in America.
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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780452284289
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Step Right Up, Ladies and Germs! The Carnival Experience Revealed
2 Stuff Yourself Sick: Carnival Food Revealed
3 Milking the Midway: Carnival Games Revealed
4 Thrills, Chills and Kills: Carnival Rides Revealed
5 Freaks and Geeks: Sideshows Revealed
6 So You Want to Be a Carny: The Life Revealed
Sources and Acknowledgments
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    IT ROCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    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!!!!!!!!!

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