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.