In a sideshow there is a hierarchy with the highest paid performers being the natural-born freaks. Performers doing Working Acts-- like sword swallowing, fire eating, etc.-- were considered interchangeable. Every season the show needed a sword swallower and a fire eater. The word would go out and often on the smaller shows the performer willing to work the cheapest got the job.
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