Antonino, the Carny Talker $26.00

Antonino, the Carny Talker

$26.00

As you approach an enormous patchwork tent, a curious sound catches your attention: the rattle of bones and the tinkling of tiny bells heralds the arrival of a gaunt and ghastly creature. An animated skeleton dressed in a jester’s motley saunters towards the front of the tent, waving an orange and black striped cane at the crowd in an effort to clear a path. The jester makes his way past the fog-shrouded, faded, colossal posters that adorn the tent to a platform in front of the massive tent’s entrance. His ivory smile frozen in a gleeful rictus grin, he steps up onto the platform, taps the cane three times, and the jester costume vanishes. Suddenly dark eyes appear in the empty sockets, bones are wrapped in muscle, sinew grows over the bones, blood fills rapidly appearing veins. Before your eyes, the skeletal jester has become a dapper, handsome man, dressed in black and orange, with a skull-ornamented straw hat tilted jauntily upon his shining black hair.

His smile is slick and conspiratorial. With a flourish and arcing wave of his cane, he booms:

“Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! This is Carnaval Diabolique’s notorious 13-In-1: the finest freak show in all the Hells! What marvels await you, you ask? Simply the strangest and most fantastic creatures, human and inhuman, gathered for your entertainment, enlightenment and erudition!”

With the cane, he gestures at the gigantic posters that adorn the tent. The images, once hazy, suddenly come into focus.

“From the depths of the Black Forest: Arachnina, the Spider Girl! From the rain-swept streets of London: Hope and Faith, the Siamese Twins! From ruins of old Aquae Sextia: Wulric, the Wolf Man!

“Thalassa, the Galapagos Mermaid! A vision of life-in-death, Eshe!

“All in all, THIRTEEN anatomical curiosities, miracles of genetics, magick and science, masters of marvels, ALIVE ON THE INSIDE!”

White musk, wild plum, vetiver, black coconut, verbena, fig, and lavender.

A Pantomime of Deviltry and Debauch in Seven Acts

PERFUME OIL BLENDS
Presented in an amber apothecary vial.

Reviews

  1. mjanefh

    I really should have given this 5 five stars…I wasn’t patient enough. The first day I wore this I got compliments. She said it reminded her of French perfume. For me, I would best describe it as something that make you want to explore the forbidden. You know you shouldn’t, but you’re completely seduced.

  2. mjanefh

    There’s a lot going on here. First applied on the skin it’s an attention grabber with lemon and plum. Then it mellows and eventually softens into a more sensuous soft floral musk kicked up slightly with a darker coconut. I’m not too keen on such a heavy lemon start but I really like what it does later on.

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