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P.T. Barnum (1810-1891) was one of the most popular lecturers of his day. Over the course of his career, he held audiences spellbound at lyceum's, museums, tent-gatherings, theatres, private homes, and in any room that could hold a paying audience.

Adam Gertsacov (1964-), noted actor, director, and clown (current Clown Laureate of Greenbelt Maryland!), brings Barnum to life in the following Living History programs. Your audiences can meet P.T. Barnum in the flesh, and witness for themselves the man who his contemporaries called "The Shakespeare of Advertising."
Read Adam's Biographical Statement.

Each performance is based on extensive and painstaking research, and features plenty of witty anecdotes as well as a healthy dose of typical Barnumesque showmanship. All can be followed with a question and answer session.

To meet P.T. Barnum, call 401-351-2596 or email:

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"The Art of Money-Getting" was P.T. Barnum's most popular lecture. The lecture features his unique insights on business, advertising, fiscal prudence, and long term planning, told in Barnum's own engaging and personable style. Barnum's business and personal advice is as applicable today as it was 150 years ago. The text is adapted from Barnum's original lecture notes. The lecture is followed by a question and answer session. You can't afford to be without the information in this lecture!


 P.T. Barnum presides over a remarkable display of oddities, curiousities, entertainments, and educational amusements for your viewing pleasure. Barnum brings you the finest attractions at his disposal. While the attractions may change due to pressing previous commitments (and the size of your budget), rest assured that P.T. Barnum himself will perform as master of ceremonies. A Cornucopia of Astonishments that is sure to delight your senses.


 P.T. Barnum will be delighted to attend your event. He's a delightful conversationalist and a dapper dresser. He has been a frequent guest of emperors, kings and queens, and other dignitaries across the world. If pressed, he could certainly offer a few witty words of wisdom to your guests on nearly any subject you desire. There's just the matter of his fee... .


Adam Gertsacov has other performances available, including an authentic Victorian style flea circus, a fictional autobiographical clown show, and a series of Puppet Tragedies (including "The Barbie Oedipus!) .

Adam is currently the Clown Laureate of Greenbelt Maryland.

To find out more about these performances, please visit his other website:

To meet P.T. Barnum, call 401-351-2596 or email: