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Here is the fascinating though ofttimes shady history of the medicine show, an American show-business institution that dispensed hoopla and nostrums to a credulous clientele. When medicine shows died out, the nation lost one of its most rollicking entertainments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878058310
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Performance Studies
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
1 Step Right Up 3
2 Pitchmen, High and Low 19
3 The Medicine Show 43
4 Wizard Oil 61
5 The Kickapoo Idea 73
6 The Kickapoo Shows 84
7 Indian Shows and Showmen 96
8 Oregon 109
9 Up in All the Acts and Bits 120
10 For a Better Tomorrow 143
11 "How to Run a Medicine Show Successful": New Advice from an Old Showman 159
Five Medicine Show Sketches 183
The Photograph Gallery 185
Three O'Clock Train 189
Pete in the Well 192
Over the River, Charlie 196
Niagara Falls 200
A Glossary of Pitchmen's Terms 207
Notes 211
Bibliography 231
Index 237
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