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Carnival Talkers
Produced by Jay Allison and Rachel Day
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Independent Producers Jay Allison and Rachel Day take us into the world of the side show pitchman. They deconstruct the art of the bally -- probably the most unabashed sales pitch in recent American history. "Building the bally," "freezing the tip," "doing a jam" -- we hear the great barkers (the preferred term is "talkers") reveal the tricks of their trade and lament its passing, and we hear what the young ones are doing for a living now.

Carnival Talkers
Poster by Snap Wyatt,
courtesy of the Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago

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