The Education of a Carnival Con Artist

Eyeing the Flash: The Education of a Carnival Con Artist

EYEING THE FLASH: THE EDUCATION OF A CARNIVAL CON ARTIST By Peter Fenton (Simon and Schuster)

PETER FENTON, A former reporter for the National Enquirer, begins his memoir when he was 15, living in an idyllic Michigan town. A gawky 108-pounder, Peter is approached after geometry class by Jackie, a carnie grifter who says he started training elephants at age 6. Under Jackie’s wing, Peter learns how to fleece carnivalgoers, survive carnie life and turn himself from a mouse into a shark. Fenton’s take on 1960s suburban life is reminiscent of David Sedaris. You’ll grin your way through the chapters.

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