The Greatest Hoaxes

Presented by Brittney Benjamin

In addition to the clowns, elephants, tightrope walkers, and other classic elements of the circus, no traveling show was complete without its “Cavalcade of Wonders” – exotic trinkets and treasures from all of the world, curated to awe audiences and persuade them to give just a little more money to see just a few more things. Sometimes, they were even real. Most of the time though, they were some of the world’s greatest hoaxes. This panel will have photos (and hopefully a few “real” specimens”) of various oddities and wonders that would have been found at PT Barnum’s side shows and American Museum.