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P. T. Barnum

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P. T. Barnum
BornPhineas Taylor Barnum
July 5 1810
DiedApril 7 1891 (age 80)

Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810 – 1891), an American showman remembered for hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was a promoter of many magicians.


Barnum never flinched from his stated goal "to put money in his own coffers." He was a businessman, his profession was entertainment, and he was perhaps the first "show business" millionaire. He denied saying "There's a sucker born every minute" but his rebuttal to critics was often "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me."

He promoted various magicians including: John Wyman, Anton Kratky-Baschik, Eugene Verbeck and Ernesto Patrizio di Castiglione.


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