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3rd Dec '16 7:00:07 PM KidDynamite
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* "Medicine Show" by Music/BigAudioDynamite is sung from the POV of one, extolling the virtues of his product, but never says what the product is.
13th Nov '16 9:33:48 AM nombretomado
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* DannyKaye's character Georgi in ''The Inspector General'' (1949) starts the film as the assistant of Snake Oil Salesman Yakov, but turns out to be too honest for the job.

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* DannyKaye's Creator/DannyKaye's character Georgi in ''The Inspector General'' (1949) starts the film as the assistant of Snake Oil Salesman Yakov, but turns out to be too honest for the job.
24th Sep '16 8:35:56 PM JamesAustin
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* In ''Film/SeraphimFalls'', the [[Creator/LiamNeeson leading]] [[PierceBrosnan characters]] meet Madam [[LouisCypher Louise C. Fair]].

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* In ''Film/SeraphimFalls'', the [[Creator/LiamNeeson leading]] [[PierceBrosnan [[Creator/PierceBrosnan characters]] meet Madam [[LouisCypher Louise C. Fair]].
22nd Sep '16 3:04:45 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Ben10Omniverse'' episode, Professor Blarney T. Hokestar sells a "miracle elixir" that grows plant-like hair on the user's head. The elixir only works for a limited time though, as the alien it was demonstrated on (who [[TheShill just so happens to be the Prof's underling]]) is shown to be bald again a short time later.

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* In the ''Ben10Omniverse'' ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode, Professor Blarney T. Hokestar sells a "miracle elixir" that grows plant-like hair on the user's head. The elixir only works for a limited time though, as the alien it was demonstrated on (who [[TheShill just so happens to be the Prof's underling]]) is shown to be bald again a short time later.
13th Sep '16 4:17:00 PM Anddrix
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* Doc Terminus from ''Film/PetesDragon'' is a villainous version - and indeed, [[VillainSong his song]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHboMLW-Zn0 "Passamaquaddy"]] is practically a SnakeOilSalesman theme song. He's also [[StupidCrooks comically incompetent]]; he's been run out of every town he's ever visited, and he anticipates -- and gets -- an unfriendly reception when he winds up in one of those towns a second time. Oddly enough, the primary character who believes his products aren't useless quack remedies is... Doc Terminus himself. At the very least, he trusts his recipe book's claims about the merits of dragon parts.

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* Doc Terminus from ''Film/PetesDragon'' ''Film/PetesDragon1977'' is a villainous version - and indeed, [[VillainSong his song]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHboMLW-Zn0 "Passamaquaddy"]] is practically a SnakeOilSalesman theme song. He's also [[StupidCrooks comically incompetent]]; he's been run out of every town he's ever visited, and he anticipates -- and gets -- an unfriendly reception when he winds up in one of those towns a second time. Oddly enough, the primary character who believes his products aren't useless quack remedies is... Doc Terminus himself. At the very least, he trusts his recipe book's claims about the merits of dragon parts.
26th Aug '16 5:06:03 AM JackG
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* ''Series/MurderRooms''. Dr Bell encounters another doctor who's offering free consultations, but the treatment is invariably an expensive patent medicine that only he sells. There's also a RunningGag of him trying to sell a magnetic device to the Navy that can deflect cannonballs...if the enemy was considerate enough to use steel shot.
22nd Jul '16 7:58:25 PM scooter
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* A season-one episode of ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'' involves a snake-oil show coming to town. Naturally, Dr. Mike, unlike the rest of the town, takes issue with the effects of the "perfect elixir" peddled by Dr. Eli (played by Robert Culp, who had once played Buffalo Bill Cody in a similar manner). A good deal of the emphasis is also placed on how touring "wild west" and medicine shows like the one depicted demeaned Native Americans involved in them.
17th Jul '16 8:38:15 AM DesertDragon
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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Abe showed Homer the merits of his homemade love tonic. It's so successful that they take it on the road in an old west charlatan style show. At one point, Dr. Hibbert mentions that the tonic's effects are actually due to intoxication caused by the filthy bathtub it is made in, before drinking some himself.
** As well Lyle Lanley, the monorail salesman. He made his living tricking towns with a budget surplus into buying shoddy monorails then skipping town.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', *'WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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Abe showed Homer the merits of his homemade love tonic. It's so successful that they take it on the road in an old west charlatan style show. At one point, Dr. Hibbert mentions that the tonic's effects are actually due to intoxication caused by the filthy bathtub it is made in, before drinking some himself.
** As well Lyle Lanley, the monorail salesman. He made his living tricking towns with a budget surplus into buying shoddy monorails then skipping town.town.
** Played with in the episode where Ned opens a Christian theme park in his late wife Maude's memory. The park is a bust until someone has a vision of Heaven in front of the statue of Maude near the gates. Everyone thinks it's a miracle until Ned later finds out there's a gas leak in front of the statue and people are just [[MushroomSamba hallucinating off the fumes]]. However, the park is bringing people together--and raking in loads of money--as crowds flock to the statue to experience their version of Heaven, so Ned uncomfortably goes along with it. He finally caves in when he sees two children try to light a candle near the statue....
17th Jul '16 8:18:59 AM DesertDragon
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* "Miss Jeanette" from ''Series/TrueBlood'' does exorcisms in the woods for people who are "demon possessed". She really works in a drugstore.
** There's a bit of evidence she may have had legitimate abilities as an exorcist, with the dress up just being for show. After all, [[spoiler: so far only the supernatural have had their hearts devoured by Maryann.]]
*** [[spoiler:This was confirmed in the episode "Frenzy". Maryann explains to Tara that "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve ritual is a powerful thing]]," and that Miss Jeanette was able to, unwittingly, tap into supernatural forces. In fact, was Tara's "fake" exorcism that summoned Maryann to Bon Temps in the first place.]]
** Bonus for that the lady was a trained pharmacist and knew what drugs would both induce a proper hallucinatory state ''and'' probably have beneficial effects to the problem at hand.

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* "Miss Jeanette" from ''Series/TrueBlood'' does exorcisms in the woods for people who are "demon possessed". She really works in a drugstore.
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drugstore. There's a bit of evidence she may have had legitimate abilities as an exorcist, with the dress up just being for show. After all, [[spoiler: so far only the supernatural have had their hearts devoured by Maryann.]]
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This was confirmed in the episode "Frenzy". Maryann [[BigBad Maryann]] explains to Tara that "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve ritual is a powerful thing]]," and that Miss Jeanette was able to, albeit unwittingly, tap into actual supernatural forces. In fact, it was Tara's "fake" exorcism that summoned Maryann to Bon Temps in the first place.]]
** Bonus for that the lady was a trained pharmacist and knew what drugs would both induce a proper hallucinatory state ''and'' probably have beneficial effects to the problem at hand.
6th Jul '16 12:49:26 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine article for 2nd Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', outlining what seems to be an early draft of the 3rd Edition Bluff rules, one example is a conman selling fake healing potions, and who bluffs so well that even when a cleric exposes the scam, the mark assumes he meant well and just didn't realise.
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