Prince of Humbugs

Definition

Theater

  • The nickname of the US showman P. T. Barnum (1810 - 91),who used the title himself during his 50 years of deceiving the public(who never tired of coming back for more). His motto was "There'sa sucker born every minute" and one of his three autobiographiesbore the title Humbugs of the World (1865).
    He will ultimately take his stand in the social rank...amongthe swindlers, blacklegs, pickpockets, and thimble-riggers of hisday.
    Tait's Edinburgh magazine, 1855
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