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The Greatest Showman: This is the real story, as told by best-selling author, lecturer and retired detective Trevor Marriott

If you haven’t yet seen the blockbuster movie The Greatest Showman, you’ll have no doubt seen clips from it, or at least have heard parts of the soundtrack.

And for those who don’t already know, P. T. Barnum (the man the movie was based on) was, of course, a real person.

Playing upon the public’s interest in the unusual and bizarre, Barnum scoured the world for curiosities, living or dead, genuine or fake. By means of outrageous stunts, repetitive advertising, and exaggerated publicity, Barnum excited international attention.

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