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Ads trumpeted the talents of performers as disparate as circus jugglers, highwire walkers, burlesquers, minstrels, acrobats, animal acts, poetry reciters, clowns, hoofers, dancers, singers and freaks.
The silencing of Othello in fact begins with the process of rendering that famous "Othello music"(64) as minstrel-show dialect or working class slang; undoing the power of Shakespeare's language undoes the uneasy power of Shakespeare's scenes, as the burlesquers well understood.
Typical was a poster for the "Bon-Ton Burlesquers," in which five Lilliputian men bound up in ribbons are dancing at the feet of Amazonian chorus girls who control their male victims by pulling on their strings.