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Ringmasters, also called Ringleaders are the Leaders of Circuses. Due to the Circus of Fear archetype expect fiction to give you the odd antagonists with the authorities and/or appearances of Ringmasters though they employ tactics no sane Ringmasters would dream of in reality.

The Ringmaster is the most visible member of a Circus and among the most important since they manage performances, introduce acts and guide audiences through entertainment experiences. In smaller circuses the Ringmaster was often the owner and artistic director. Many Ringmasters became an integral part of performances singing and dancing along with other entertainers. One of the traditional opening lines of many Circuses is the phrase "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages..." drawn out in a dramatic fashion.

In the days before modern lighting it was the Ringmaster's job to literally "direct" the attention of the audience to performance area sections as the previous act was torn down or the next act was set up elsewhere. Most performances were mute by nature and only accompanied by resounding music or the like. Therefore the Ringmaster's voice was important as it cut through the clutter and excitement to announce acts.

It was normally the Ringmaster's job to create a sense of hyperbole while introducing acts. Declarations of "the biggest", "the most dangerous", "the amazing", "the spectacular" and similar expressions were common regardless of the actual calibers of performances.

The Ringmaster was responsible for maintaining a "smooth operation" of the show or at least an appearance of it. They could be called upon to kill time by talking or joking around if an act was not ready for its entrance yet.

A Ringmaster is traditionally attired in a bright gaudy topcoat with coattails (usually blood red with gold trimmings) and a tall top hat. The outfit was designed to look like an 18th-century gentleman's riding habit and often included a whip, a relic of when the Ringmaster directed the performance not as an announcer and host but as an animal act director and specialist stage manager.

In addition similar to Businessmen they can be associated with Organized Crime often using Circuses for money laundering or other illegal activities; they can also do the same with Zoos.

They should not necessarily be confused with Arena Masters though the two can overlap since both utilize over-the-top theatrics.

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