Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Ms. Diana Enright
Email kenright66@yahoo.com
Phone 505/821-8846
Address 800 Shire SW
Albuquerque, NM  87121
Biographical Info Diana Enright, anthropologist, storyteller, magician, actor and teacher, is currently researching the voice of women in the medicine show/side show/performance art of magic in the Communications graduate program at UNM.
Program Title STEP RIGHT UP! McNeal's Marvelous Medicine Show is About to Begin...
Character Name Violet McNeal
Program Description The medicine show era (1800-1940) offered a unique blend of oratory, theatre and marketing in a time when doctors were rare, medical practices painfully barbaric, and germ theory littleknown. Home remedies, patent medicines and self-help almanacs abounded. Violet McNeal, with her Victorian sensibilities, business acumen and natural flair for drawing a crowd, was one of only a handful of women in the business. As "Princess Lotus Blossom" she sold an astonishing array of cures; as Violet, hers was a dynamic voice in the "advertising as entertainment" style of marketing that prevails today. Medical claims in the 21st century are little different than they were over a hundred years ago.
Series American Icons
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