peep show

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peep show

A term for an exhibition of pictures viewed through a small hole or magnifying glass.

While the term originally referred to a type of entertainment provided by wandering showmen, it now refers to a sex show or pornographic film viewed through a slot.
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Among the high street highlights, two marionettes performed a "comedic and sexy exploration" of the relationships between the sexes in Corpus' Le Grand Peep Show.
The sex shops in the Times Square area that have live peep shows also sell a variety of sex items such as magazines and toys.
The installation's deceptive ly legible architecture mimics shopwindows or peep shows, but also a fairground's hall of mirrors: Multiple reflections (of faces on TV and those of gallery visitors) complicate the viewing of the videos, and one's attention is constantly drawn in different directions.