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Business in the U.S. Odd & Bizarre Jobs: Carnival Barker

About odd jobs and bizarre ways to make a living in the United States, being a carnival barker.

Unusual Ways of Making a Living

Carnival Barker: Hustlers of all types can find their life's calling or an exciting summer job working as a carny. The job offers good pay (commission averaging $250 per week in lucrative locales), travel, and excitement. Long hours--often an 18-hour shift--are standard, and strong vocal cords are a must. It's also necessary to learn carnival language: A barker is a carny, a customer is a mark, a booth or concession is a joint, cheap prizes are slum. To apply, go to the nearest State or county fair when it opens and speak with the joint-owners. Tell them you want to be a "1st-of-May" (carny for short-term or new employee).

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