See also 2. ACROBATICS ; 127. DRAMA ; 159. FILMS ; 284. MUSIC ; 378. SONGS and SINGING ; 395. TIGHTROPE WALKING .
- showmanship or any activity taking advantage of people’s credulity or desire for sensational entertainment, as practiced by P. T. Barnum (1810-91).
- a participant in a noisy mock serenade, as a charivari.
- a mock serenade accompanied by much noise and revelry, often played as a joke on newly married couples.
- a strip tease dancer.
- one who performs feats that require an unusual sense of balance, as a tightrope walker.
- the art or technique of escaping from chains, locked trunks, etc., as a form of entertainment. —escapist, n., adj.
- the art or skill of tightrope walking. —funambulist, n.
- a performance involving Harlequin or other characters of the Commedia dell’Arte; hence, buffoonery or clownish behavior. Also called harlequinery .
- a conjurer or magician who creates illusions, as by sleight of hand.
- the art of the juggler.
- skill in or practice of feats of dexterity that create a magical illusion. —legerdemainist, n.
- the art or practice of copying or imitating closely, especially by a person for the purpose of entertainment. See also 44. BIOLOGY . —mimic, mimical, adj.
- 1. the art of performing monologues.
- 2. Obsolete, a monologue.
- 1. a performance by mummers, performers wearing masks or fantastic disguises.
- 2. any showy but empty performance.
- the art of mute acting. —pantomimist, n.
- a humorous performance at the piano, sometimes with a verbal accompaniment by the performer.
- the art of legerdemain; sleight of hand. —prestidigitator, n. —prestidigitatorial, prestidigitatory, adj.
- the art of making and handling puppets.
- a person who recites poetry or other literary excerpts for entertainment.
- an image formed by a shadow cast upon a lighted surface, as one formed by the hands for entertainment. —shadowgraphist, n.
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