Banff resident Jamie MacVicar
skilfully blends the secrets of marketing and promotion as taught by
the masters, a captivating personal tale, and an inside look at an
American icon, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Richly textured and meticulously
researched, The Advance Man is an incomparable bridge from
the circus past to the present. It is a spellbinding narrative
inhabited by strange and seductive characters: Chang and Eng, the
Siamese twins who couldn't be engaged in unlike conversations
simultaneously; Irvin Feld, the Napoleonic genius who wrested
control of the circus from Ringling's heir; the smallest man in the
world who continuously stymied the show s most virile man; the
naive, young woman who risked too much aspiring to become a model;
the Cleveland tycoon and a host of others from extraordinary
everyday people to well-known celebrities.
Artfully, MacVicar invites us into
a world of splashing colour while the story within the story comes
to light. Whether the reader is a history or circus enthusiast, a
student of business, or just the lover of a remarkable yarn, the
ride will be memorable, as unforgettable as a childhood night at the
The Advance Man is
available at Mooseprint Books & Gifts for $34.95.