Athletic Shows Drew Quite A Crowd On Carnival Midways
Do you know about Athletic Shows from back in the early days of the carnival?
Usually, during the early part of the match, the old ‘pug’ knowing how to easily slip a punch and would act like he was almost out on his feet. A chicken or thin rubber bladder filled with blood and placed strategically into his mouth before a match was easily bitten into to give the illusion that he was bleeding profusely. These were affectionately known as ‘Cackle Bladders” to the carnies .