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"We learn about armless calligraphers, mathematical dogs, and
tightrope-walking fleas, as well as a lesser-known laundry list of
assorted quacks, flimflammers, and charlatans of spectacle."
Author and actor Ricky Jay
gathers four years of his quarterly Jay's Journal of Anomalies into
a single volume of the same name. The book focuses on unusual
entertainment and sideshows, including side-show showmen,
conjurers, cheats, hustlers, hoaxters, imposters, pretenders,
armless calligraphers, mechanical marvels and popular
entertainments. A New York Times "Notable Book".