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Jack entered show business at the age of 16, performing with the Ringling Bros. Circus under the pseudonym Dainty Dewey. In 1912 Barnett's sideshow was joined by a 19-year-old schoolgirl from Baltimore, Miss Dorothy David Warfield, who did an illusion act in which her head appeared to grow from a vase of flowers.
Dorothy was introduced to Barnett by Mrs. H.L. Morris, the sideshow's giantess who claimed to stand 7 feet, 4 inches tall. Within a few months Dorothy and Jack were married in St. Louis, Missouri, with Jack standing upon a stool as he said his vows to his 5'8"-tall bride. Mrs. Morris and her average-sized husband were maid of honor and best man at the wedding. The Barnetts had at least one child together.