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In 17th century France… a man named Tabarin performed for the Royal Court. He sang, danced, told jokes and with stories otherwise improvised his role as the first and most famous Parisian Charlatan. Though he performed exclusively for the House of Bourbon by day, it was by night that he took to the streets: digesting what he’d heard and seen at court with the clever disguise of street performance. While political gatherings were considered unlawful in the middle ages, his audiences are believed by historians to be among the ‘Whispers to the French Revolution.’
Punch Magazine kept Victorians abreast of Parliament during the Industrial Era (1841-2002), extending its brand and inspiration to Charlatan Magazine in the U.S. (2008-present). In the spirit of its predecessor, Charlatan was conceived as the Digital Revolution began mobilizing the general public via crowdsourcing; policy initiatives; and political revolutions.
When a consortium of Citizen Journalists gathered to sort digital opinion and propaganda from fact based current events on world commerce, society, politics, civics and style they effectively fused the chasm between liberal and conservative ideals into a canon of one news source.
Our weekly newsletter is delivered each Sunday morning to 75,000+ policy makers and their constituencies including Members of Parliament; Academic Institutions; Trade and Labor Unions; Members of the U.S. Congress, State legislators, local leaders and the public they serve. "All the World's a Stage" inquires:
What's the single most important thing that happened in our world this week — and why?
Charlatan became the #1 Most Read Newsletter by the e-mail service provider Constant Contact; maintaining a consecutive open, share, and re-open rate of between 25-40% within the first 48 hours of delivery; before acquiring its own e-mail platform, cloud storage, and becoming an independent publisher. In 2023, Charlatan was read across 26 countries and territories including democratic, communist, and autocratic nations.
For 75 years, Punch + Charlatan has endeavored to be "A Trusted Voice" across a diverse continuum of a global community. To chronicle their histories; connect their concerns; indemnify their customs; and to direct, enlighten and endow the approach to Politics-as-Lifestyle.