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Jacketing

When a law officer scrutinizes one closely he is "jacketing". This can also refer to a bawling out.

Jag

A out-of-line carnie employee.

Jagger

A tattoo artist.

Jail Bait

A beautiful, generally well-built, teenage girl.

Jam

The act of allowing everyone into a show on a reduced price ticket for a period of time after a BALLY has ended.

Jam Auction

A form of direct sale in which merchandise is sold at unbelievable prices in order to give the public an opportunity to spend money on completely unwanted or unneeded goods.

J.C.L.

A Johnny-come-lately.

Jenny

A Merry-Go-Round or Roundabout.

Jerk

A no-good person.

Jiggs

Blacks or black carnival workers.

Jigg Show

A minstrel show.

Jockey

A good-looking man who can attract the ladies.

Joe Goss

The boss.

Joint

In North America this refers to any kind of carnival stand. In other parts of the world, it is a slang term for a gathering place. On the fairground it is used as a generic term for any form of portable sideshow of the ground booth variety. Walkup shows, which have raised platforms for the performers, are not so described.

Jug

The bank.

Juice

Electrical current.

Juice Joint

A soft-drink tent, stand, booth, or concession.

Jump

Going to the next spot. The move between towns.

Jungle Buggy

House trailer.

Jungle Up, To

To dine with fellow carnies in their living quarters.

 

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