P.T. Barnum has been immortalized in Barnum the musical, and the more recent award winning musical. The Greatest Showman. But was he in reality how he has been portrayed? This is a two hour audio visual presentation which tells the real truth behind P.T. Barnum and his worldwide rise to fame as an entrepreneur, hoaxer and circus owner.
Playing upon the public’s interest in the unusual and bizarre, P.T. Barnum scoured the world for curiosities, living or dead, genuine or fake. By means of outrageous stunts, repetitive advertising, and exaggerated publicity, Barnum excited international attention, making vast sums of money by displaying, and exploiting those with physical disabilities exploiting and promoting them as 'Human Oddities', with names such as The Four Legged Woman, The Human Worm, The Ape Woman, The Bearded Lady and Tom Thumb. Their stories and many more are featured along with the many amazing animal acts which together made up The Greatest Show on Earth.
This is also an historical and nostalgic trip back down memory lane for the older generation to the days when the circus came to town. For the younger generation it is a historical journey back to see, and experience the magic of the circus, which they may never have seen, or experienced, which sadly has now all but disappeared for ever."
The show is packed with 140 photographs and video clips many never having been seen before. The real truth about P.T. Barnum can now be told !