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A barker, often a carnival barker, is a person who attempts to attract patrons to entertainment events, such as a
circus A circus is a company of performers who put on diverse entertainment shows that may include clown A clown is a person who wears a unique makeup-face and flamboyant costume, performing comedy Comedy (from the el, κωμῳδία, ...

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funfair A fair (archaic: faire or fayre) is a gathering of people for a variety of entertainment or commercial activities. It is normally of the essence of a fair that it is temporary with scheduled times lasting from an afternoon to several weeks. T ...

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, by exhorting passing members of the public, announcing attractions of show, and emphasizing variety, novelty, beauty, or some other enticing feature of the show. A barker would often conduct a brief free show, introducing performers and describing acts to be given at the feature performance. Professional barkers strongly disliked the term and instead referred to themselves as "talkers". Perhaps the most famous fictional barkers are Billy Bigelow, the protagonist of
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's classic stage musical ''
Carousel A carousel (American English: from French ''carrousel'' and Italian ''carosello''), roundabout (British English), or merry-go-round, is a type of amusement ride consisting of a rotation, rotating circular platform with seats for riders. The "se ...
'', and
Tin Man
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, a supporting protagonist from the
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musical film ''
The Wiz ''The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical "Wonderful Wizard of Oz"'' is a musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls (and others) and book by William F. Brown. It is a retelling of L. Frank Baum's children's novel '' The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' ...
'' portrayed by
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. Bigelow, in turn was an Americanized version of Liliom, the protagonist of Hungarian author
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's non-musical play ''
Liliom ''Liliom'' is a 1909 play by the playwright . It was well known in its own right during the early to mid-20th century, but is best known today as the basis for the 1945 musical . Plot The play takes place partly in , Hungary, and partly i ...
'', on which ''Carousel'' is based. The term barker has been adapted in modern times to describe political propagandists.


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The Barker ''The Barker'' is a 1928 part-talkie A part-talkie is a partly, and most often primarily, silent film A silent film is a film with no synchronized Sound recording and reproduction, recorded sound (and in particular, no audible dialogue). I ...
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Barker channel A barker channel is a form of digital signage Digital signage is a sub-segment of electronic signage. Digital displays use technologies such as LCD, LED, projection and e-paper to display digital images, video, web pages, weather data, rest ...
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barking Barking may refer to: Places * Barking, London Barking is a district of East London and the administrative centre of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The total population of Barking (if defined as the Abbey, Eastbury, Gascoigne, Lon ...
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Tout A tout is any person who solicits business or employment in a persistent and annoying manner (generally equivalent to a ''solicitor A solicitor is a legal practitioner A lawyer or attorney is a person who practices law, as an advocate ...
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Spruiker A tout is any person who solicits business or employment in a persistent and annoying manner (generally equivalent to a ''solicitor A solicitor is a legal practitioner A lawyer or attorney is a person who practices law, as an advocate ...


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