The Smell of the Grease Paint is a Stranger mission featured in Red Dead Redemption 2.


When entering the Saloon of the Van Horn Trading Post, there are two members of a travelling sideshow, Miss Majorie and a strong simpleton named Bertram. Bertram loses his temper and begins choking the bartender before attempting to fight the player. After a few good punches, Bertram apologizes. Miss Majorie mentions that her second act, Magnifico, has been missing. She needs help to find Magnifico to save the highlight of her show.

Magnifico can be found in the south-west of the outpost, sitting at a campfire in the woods. When he realizes that Miss Majorie has sent someone to find him, he disappears in a cloud of smoke. This begins a chase where the player must follow the clouds of smoke and catch Magnifico. He attempts hiding in trees before fleeing across the railroad tracks and running right into the arms of Bertram. The three of them then ride off to act for their next show in Saint Denis.


After initiating the questline, ride southwest to the woods and chase Magnifico. Follow his trail of smoke clouds until the mission is over. To collect your reward, visit Miss Majorie's show in the Theatre Râleur in Saint Denis and watch their show. Afterwards, speak to the vendor and you'll receive a letter from Majorie with $40 inside.


  • When Miss Marjorie appears once the player has stopped Magnifico, Magnifico may become invisible. His model can be seen standing to the right next to the wagon. However, it will not do anything and the cutscene will continue with the invisible model.

Video Walkthrough

Red Dead Redemption 2 Stranger Mission - The Smell of the Grease Paint

Red Dead Redemption 2 Stranger Mission - The Smell of the Grease Paint


  • A cut mission in Red Dead Redemption was to feature a giant and a midget. Marston was going to get the giant and midget to meet, as the two were alone and needed company. However, their meeting doesn't go as planned, and Marston has a choice of whether or not to kill the giant. This mission is considered to be a modified form of that cut mission.
  • This title is a wordswapped parody of the title of the 1964 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd.


Completing this Stranger mission strand is associated with these trophies/achievements:

30 gamerscoreGamerscore
Bronze bronzeBronze
Complete 10 Stranger mission strands.

100 gamerscoreGamerscore
Gold goldGold
Attain 100% Completion.


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