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Ringling Circus rivals TV virtual reality

NEW YORK, March 31 (UPI) -- The 133rd edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is one of its best shows in years. It has an increased emphasis on the dare-deviltry demanded by audiences who are used to the virtual thrills of reality TV and video games.
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

The Almanac

Today is Friday, March 28, the 87th day of 2003 with 278 to follow.
By United Press International

Book Review: Believe it or not

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The book at a glance: The Museum of Hoaxes - A collection of pranks, stunts, deceptions and other wonderful stories contrived for the public from the middle ages to the new millennium by Alex Boese. Dutton, 266 pages, $19.95.
PETER ROFF, United Press International

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ANGELINA JOLIE BURNING MORE BRIDGES?
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Library opens door to 'curiosity cabinets'

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- The New York Public Library has recreated a Renaissance-style "cabinet of curiosities" in an unusual display of objects from its vast trove of rarely seen oddities and treasures donated by collectors over a period of 150 years.
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 5, the 186th day of 2002 with 179 to follow.
By United Press International

Joe Bob's America: The Tao of Cher

NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) -- Have you ever noticed that Cher is capable of wearing more diamonds on her forehead alone than Marilyn Monroe ever wore on her entire body?
JOE BOB BRIGGS

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, April 30 (UPI) -- Imagine if you can a movie biography of the life and times of Tom Cruise or perhaps Julia Roberts.
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Imagine if you can, a movie biography of the life and times of Tom Cruise or perhaps Julia Roberts.
VERNON SCOTT, UPI Hollywood Reporter

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, March 28, the 87th day of 2002 with 278 to follow. This is the first day of Passover. The moon is full.
By United Press International

Seeing the circus through artists' eyes

NEW YORK, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Circus and art were made for each other, but artists didn't become aware of it until the French Impressionists began to paint circus performances and performers
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP
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Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, scam artist and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

His successes may have made him the first "show business" millionaire. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me," and his personal aims were "to put money in his own coffers." Barnum is widely but erroneously credited with coining the phrase "There's a sucker born every minute."

Born in Bethel, Connecticut, Barnum became a small-business owner in his early twenties, and founded a weekly newspaper, before moving to New York City in 1834. He embarked on an entertainment career, first with a variety troupe called "Barnum's Grand Scientific and Musical Theater," and soon after by purchasing Scudder's American Museum, which he renamed after himself. Barnum used the museum as a platform to promote hoaxes and human curiosities such as the '"Feejee" mermaid' and "General Tom Thumb." In 1850 he promoted the American tour of singer Jenny Lind, paying her an unprecedented $1,000 a night for 150 nights.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "P.T. Barnum."
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