ultrafacts:Phineas Taylor Barnum was an American showman and…


Phineas Taylor Barnum was an American showman and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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“Barnum knew the power of mystery. An unemployed man came to his museum and asked Barnum for a job. Barnum handed the man five bricks and instructed him to solemnly place the bricks in various places around the outside of the museum. As he went from spot to spot, he was to replace
the brick at each spot with another one that he was carrying. He was to
answer no questions, speak to no one, and seem to be deaf and dumb. Once
an hour, he was to enter the museum, walk right next to the ticket
taker, seem to pay the fee, and then proceed through the museum and out
the door. A crowd began to form, watching the man and wondering what he
was doing. Many of the crowds followed him into the museum just to see
what was going on. In fact, the police had to ask Barnum to stop the
man, because the crowds that he was creating were stopping traffic.” [x]

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