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jondark445
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Hey there!

I'm trying to find the text or basic spiel for an outside talker. Anyone know of someplace I could find this?

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Talking what? A general 10 in One or a specific show? Live act or grind?

Todd has a great 10 in 1 overall. I've got some stuff somewhere I wrote over the years.

If you need somehing specific we can write it..
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Specifically 10-in-1.

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Order the 'On the Midway' cd rom. There's some really informative stuff on there regarding the bally. Exactly what your looking for.
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Yep..forgot about that. In the bag.
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The companion CD for On The Midway, Bally Sounds Of The Sideshow, can give you an earful of the real thing.

I'm usually wrong but on the track for Grace McDaniels the voice sounds like Johnny Meah.
A direct from text adaptation : The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Starring Mickey Rooney in his final role.
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Here's a direct link to Bally! Sounds Of The Sideshow:

http://www.goodmagic.com/websales/bally/index.htm

Good stuff!
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Yeah, the cd is really grind show stuff, if I remember. It's great.
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Thanks all....a WEALTH of info!!!

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Okay...another question on the same topic...

I know they're called Outside Talkers and not Barkers....

So where did the term barker come from?

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"Barker" is a perfectly legitimate term for a similar, but slightly different, occupation.

From my "On the Midway" CDRom as cited above (and this glossary section is also available online free HERE):

"The term "barking" was in current use in mainstream culture in the early 20th Century to mean drawing customers by talking in a continual flow of repetitive lines and phrases. "Barking" was also called a "grind pitch" by some professional talkers. 'Come on we got tomatoes today girls, a tisket a tasket, I sell them by the basket.' Used primarily by vendors at a stationary spot, such as a vegetable stand or the doorway to a show (perhaps most recently heard from the doorways of Times Square sex shows.) It's easy to see how the general public applied the term to the carnival talker. Differentiated from the 'street cries' of vendors who traveled the street in wagons, whose cries tended to be more musical and more piercing in tone to attract the attention of people inside their houses."
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