Carnival Undercover

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Plume, 2003 - Games - 207 pages
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Step right up, ladies and germs, and learn the time-honored secrets of America's amusement parks, carnivals, and fairs! Entertaining, hilarious, and filled with hundreds of insider tips, this handbook will teach you how to win the biggest prize every time, identify the best seat on any ride, recognize the real freaks from the phonies, and create a carnival-quality funnel cake in your own home. This behind-the-scenes look at America's amusement parks also includes the goods on carnival trade secrets--from how cotton candy is made to which coasters have injured the most people. A book for the aficionado and pop culture enthusiast alike, Carnival Undercover is required reading for the 270 million Americans who visit amusement parks and fairs every year.

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Carnival Undercover by Brett Witter (Plume 2003)(791.1) features the insider's lowdown on the complete carnival experience. Sections include carnival food, games, rides, and sideshows, along with a ... Read full review

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Could easily have been titled "Carnival Life for Dummies." The stuff about carnival games & carnies was interesting - the stuff about Disney was only 50% right & seemed to be there mainly so he could crack on the Mouse. Read full review


Carnival Food Revealed
Carnival Games Revealed
The Guessing Game

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Bret Witter is a book editor and professional writer. For eleven years, he worked as an editor for HarperCollins, Penguin Putnam, and HCI. He was also a ghost writer during that time. He became a professional writer in 2007 and works primarily as a collaborator on histories and memoirs. His first book was a collaboration with Vicki Myron on Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. His other collaborations include The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History with Robert M. Edsel, Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever who Saved Him with Luis Carlos Montalván, Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy with Susan Spencer-Wendel, and Stronger with Jeff Bauman.

Lorelei Sharkey is the brains behind one of's most popular features. "The Lo Down"--a weekly column helping readers navigate the ins and outs of sex and romance. Em and Lo have been working closely together for more than four years, including producing "Your Week in Sex" (Nerve's horoscopes) and creating the enormously popular Nerve Personals. This is their first book. He live in New York City.

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