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  • Hey, lookie, lookie, lookie.!

  • This way for the monster.! Right through here.!

  • Step right this way, folks.! The show is about to begin.!

  • Right this way.! Here we are.!

  • Folks, I must ask you to remember that this exhibit is being presented...

  • solely in the interest of education and science.

  • Now, this creature... There he is! The geek!

  • He has puzzled the foremost scientists of Europe and America.

  • Is he the missing link? Is he man or beast?

  • Some have pronounced him man.

  • But beneath that shaggy mane of hair, lies the brain of a beast.

  • Look.!

  • lfhe should sink his teeth into my arm, nothing on this round, green earth could save me.

  • Now, folks, it's feeding time.

  • Horrible.!

  • He's on fire!

  • Now, folks, you haven't seen anything yet. Step in closer, please.

  • The greatest demonstration of fire manipulation the world has ever seen!

  • Hey. Come here.

  • - Kind of a surprise to see you hanging around that act, young man. - Why?

  • Hasn't got a skirt in it.

  • - Geek guy fascinates me. - You aren't the only one.

  • That's why we got him in the show.

  • How do you get to be a geek? Is that the only one?

  • - I mean, is a guy born that way? - Let me tell you something, kid.

  • When you've been around this carny longer, you'll learn to quit asking questions.

  • - Come on, Pete. - He gonna be able to work?

  • Pete's okay. I've got him sobered up.

  • - What's the matter, Stan? - Nothing.

  • What's the boss been razzing you about?

  • I was just asking him about that guy that does the geek business.

  • - That's always a sore point in a carnival. - Why?

  • The geek is one of our biggest draws...

  • but a lot of performers won't work a show that carries one.

  • I can't understand how anybody could get so low.

  • It can happen.

  • - I wanna thank you, Zeena. - Me?

  • - Uh-huh. - What for?

  • For being so nice to me, helping me with my spiel and everything.

  • - Well, I think you've got something, Stan. - Honest?

  • - You like this racket, don't you? - Oh, lady, I was made for it.

  • I had all kinds of jobs before this one came along...

  • but none of'em were anything but jobs.

  • But this gets me. I like it. All of it.

  • The crowds, the noise, the idea of keeping on the move.

  • You see those yokels out there, it gives you sort of a superior feeling...

  • as if you were in the know and they were on the outside looking in.

  • Kinda hard to explain, but I like it.

  • I like you too, Zeena.

  • Hey, look! Hey, look! Hey, look! Step right this way!

  • Move in closer, ladies and gentlemen, and let me introduce Zeena...

  • the miracle woman of the ages.

  • She sees, she knows, she tells you all the innermost secrets of your past...

  • your present and your future.

  • - Mademoiselle Zeena! - Step right up, folks, and don't be bashful.

  • If any of you wants to ask me a personal question...

  • Mr. Stanton will now pass among you with little cards and envelopes.

  • - Lend me your hand there. - Write your question on the card!

  • - I need a pencil. - Pass those out. There we are, ladies.

  • Don't crowd. There's plenty here for everyone.

  • Careful not to let anyone else see what you write, because that's your business.

  • - I don't want anybody asking me about anyone else's business. - One for you, young lady.

  • When you have written your questions, sign your initials or write your name...

  • as a token of good faith.

  • Write what's in your heart, and when you write about it, think about it.

  • Madam? Yes, madam. Your questions will be held in strictest confidence.

  • No one will know but yourself and Mademoiselle Zeena.

  • Ah, I see that Mr. Stanton has a good handful of questions.

  • So if he'll bring 'em right up on the stage, we'll have some readings.

  • Thank you, sir.

  • Wait a minute. Here's mine.

  • - Mister, here's my question! - I'd like to ask you about my mother.

  • Will that lady raise her hand, please?

  • - Come on, Pete. Here. - Madam, your mother's had a lot ofhard work in her life.

  • Come on. Take these. Here.

  • - Another drink, huh? - Hurry up. Show's on.

  • There's something in there I don't see quite clearly yet.

  • If you'll see me after this demonstration, maybe I can tell you more.

  • I'll ask Mr. Stanton to drop the questions into the bowl.

  • There they go. I don't touch them.

  • Now, people have asked me if I have spirit aid in doing what I do.

  • I always tell them the only spirits I control are the ones in this bottle.

  • Spirits of alcohol!

  • I'll pour a little on the questions...

  • and ask Mr. Stanton to light a match and drop it in the bowl.

  • Thank you, Mr. Stanton. Now you see them burning, and that's the last of them.

  • Anybody who's afraid that somebody else is going to read it...

  • or that I would handle this question...

  • can just forget that I ever touched them.

  • Your question is now recorded nowhere except in the ether.

  • Your answer is there too, and I will find it for you.

  • I get an impression.

  • It's a little cloudy, still, but it's getting clearer.

  • I get the initials "J.E.G."

  • I believe it's a gentleman. Is that right?

  • - Will the person who has those initials raise his hand! - Right here, missy!

  • Thank you, Mr., uh... Giles.

  • - The name is Giles, isn't it? - Yes, ma'am, that's his name. That's his name. Giles.

  • Giles, yes.

  • Molly.!

  • Wait. I see green trees and a rolling field.

  • It's plowed land, fenced in.

  • - That's your place.! - Yes, ma'am, that's my place.

  • Oh, is that for me?

  • - It's a wagon. - Goodness.! That's what you asked about.!

  • - Zeena's going good. - That's what I wrote.!

  • - She sure knows how to put on an act. - Sure does.

  • - Too bad she's tied up with that rum-dum. - Why?

  • She could grab herself a smart guy and make the big time in no time.

  • But she's already been in the big time.

  • She and Pete used to be one of the biggest headliners in vaudeville.

  • - Not with that act. - Pete stayed in the audience. He never came near the stage.

  • How could he tip her off to anything?

  • They used a code, silly.

  • A code? What kind of a code?

  • A word code between the two of them.

  • Zeena says that blindfold code is worth its weight in gold.

  • I'll bet.

  • - People still offer them big money for it. - Why don't they sell it?

  • Zeena says it's their nest egg.

  • - Molly. - Here comes your boyfriend.

  • Hi, Bruno.

  • - What's going on here? - What does it look like?

  • - He get fresh, Molly? - Sure I did.

  • What do you think I'm made of? She's the prettiest girl in the whole outfit, isn't she?

  • - Sure she is, but... - Just because you're a big mush is no sign everybody else is.

  • Come on, you lovely little freak.

  • - Thanks for the pop, Stan. - Next time I'll bring you a Kewpie doll.

  • How do you like that? He had the nerve to admit it right to my face.

  • Look, Bruno. I'm no baby.

  • I can take care of myself.

  • When I'm talking to somebody, I wish you wouldn't come butting in like that.

  • What are you thinking about, Stan?

  • Molly was telling me about that code you and Pete used to use in vaudeville.

  • What about it?

  • Well, I was thinking that if Pete got sick or something...

  • why, I could work from the audience just like he used to.

  • No stage trap, no gypsy switch.

  • - How do you mean? - You know, if you taught me the code.

  • Over my dead body she will.

  • You got a nerve, young fella.

  • - Do you know what a code like that is worth? - Okay, okay, forget it.

  • - I was just trying to help you folks. - I heard you the first time.

  • We gotta... We gotta watch ourselves on account of...

  • - Sure. - Hurt him enough already.

  • I thought it was the other way around.

  • No, Pete was all right till they picked me up.

  • - What happened? - Exactly what's happening now.

  • I'm about as reliable as a two-dollar cornet.

  • You're crazy. You've got a heart as big...

  • Sure. As big as an artichoke. A leaf for everyone.

  • That's what Pete said when he began hittin' the bottle.

  • Then one day he didn't show up.

  • I dug up another partner, a magician by the name of Benston.

  • I was no good without Pete.

  • In a couple of seasons I was glad to get a job with an outfit like this.

  • Pete showed up about a year ago.

  • Here we are.

  • I did everything I could to make it up to him, but you see how it is.

  • The more I try, the worse he gets.

  • And I'm not gonna give up on him.

  • It's the least I can do.

  • Zeena, you're a real woman.

  • Look at him.

  • He's like a dog waiting for somebody to throw him a bone.

  • Come on. Help me get some breakfast into him.

  • - Hi, Pete! - Hello, baby. How'd you make out?

  • We don't have to sleep in the truck tonight.

  • I got me the bridal suite at the hotel. Two rooms and bath.

  • - Where's Molly? - I left her at the hotel.

  • Come on, you two. Looks like you could use a good, hot bath yourselves.

  • I'll be all right. You and Pete go ahead.

  • Don't be silly. Huh, Pete?

  • It's all right. I've gotta see a fella anyhow.

  • What's your rush? You're dead on your feet.

  • Well, this fella's got something that'll take care of that.

  • Here's enough for a shot.

  • But remember, only one.

  • Swell. See ya later.

  • Stan.

  • Wait a minute, Pete.

  • Get some coffee in you first.

  • Promise Zeena you'll get something to eat.

  • I shall probably have a small orange juice, two three-minute eggs...

  • some melba toast and coffee.

  • Got to see my money's safe.

  • Pete just gave you a gander at himself, before and after.

  • - I've seen worse. - You think it's too late to put him in a cure?

  • I don't know much about those things, but I understand it takes dough.

  • - I can get it. - How?

  • Sell that code.

  • - The code? - Uh-huh.

  • - I got a better idea. - What's that?

  • Let's build up a new act with it.

  • What good'll that do? I'm gettin' top carny dough right now.

  • I wasn't talking about doing it in this mouse menagerie.

  • You and I? Where else would we do it?

  • If Pete could make a headliner out of you, I don't see why you couldn't do the same with me.

  • Oh, Stan.

  • You think I can make the big time again?

  • You'd know more about that than I would.

  • - How about it, baby? - Don't rush me. Let me think about it.

  • Hey, where you goin'?

  • Come on, Stan! Give Bruno a hand!

  • What are you doing?

  • Cut them three times.

  • - What kind of deck is this? - This is a tarot.

  • Oldest kind of cards in the world.

  • Pete says the Gypsies brought them out of Egypt.

  • They're a wonder for giving private readings.

  • Say, they look plenty weird.

  • Whenever I have something to decide or don't know which way to turn...

  • Look, Stan. That's the wheel of fortune.

  • - Yeah. - That means we're gonna knock 'em dead.

  • - Pete and I never had it this good. - What did I tell you?

  • - What's the matter? - Well, I don't know.

  • Everything looks wonderful for us...

  • money, happiness and great success.

  • But there's no sign of Pete in it.

  • How could he be if he's away taking the cure?

  • - But there's no sign of him anywhere, dead or alive. - Hang on.

  • Yeah, maybe this is Pete.

  • Did you knock this off the table?

  • - No. You must have dropped it yourself. - I don't see how I could.

  • - Was it face up or down? - Face down.

  • - Are you sure? - Yeah. Why?

  • - Couldn't be like that. It's too awful, it's too crazy.

  • - What's got into you? - Get your bath and get out ofhere.

  • - What's the matter? - It's all off, Stan.

  • - The act? - Everything.

  • - But what have I done? - Nothing. But I can't go against the cards.

  • - You don't believe in that junk? - I didn't used to.

  • But time after time it told me I was gonna ruin Pete's life, and I went right ahead.

  • - Here's Pete's card. - What are you worrying about?

  • - Is this the one that was on the floor? - No, this one.

  • You see what it means? Are you satisfied?

  • Zeena, it just doesn't make sense.

  • Maybe not. Maybe it's silly, maybe it isn't.

  • Listen, honey. We've all gotta die sometime.

  • But when a card falls on the floor...

  • whatever happens, good or bad, is gonna happen fast.

  • And when a card falls face down, it's bad.

  • - That's for the chumps. - Been true of Pete and me so far, hasn't it?

  • Honest, Zeena, to see a smart girl like you fall for one of your own boob-catchers...

  • I give up. Yes, sir, I give up.

  • - I don't believe it. - Huh?

  • You never give up.