― Neil Gaiman
-Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy
THE GUARDIAN OF LOVE AND LIGHT
With sparkle and gleam she approaches, bringing joy to all. Introducing: Liora Zev, The Guardian of Love and Light, radiates light in the darkness, give hugs to those who needs them and sweets and treats for sweet dreams. Her only goal is to bring happiness to this world and protect from hatred and darkness. She will be handing out candy and nice things to persons of all ages.
AERIAL DANCING & CIRCUS WITH TEAM FUN
There’s nothing quite like seeing graceful aerial silk as performers seem to float into the air and perform dazzling routines. Join Team Fun for aerials, bubbles, and circus arts! Team Fun has been providing merriment and joy for over a decade, and they now bring their very special brand of entertainment to Gilt & Fanfare!
VICTORIAN SEANCE WITH LADY GOODWIN
The Golden Age of the Circus also coincided with a rise in Spiritualism, and no gathering would be complete without utilizing to the fullest the intrinsic psychic powers of human beings to contact the spirits of their dear departed? We would like to remind the audience that at no time have we claimed that the Lady Goodwin is an ancient vampire, able to re-enact a 19th-century seance because she conducted them herself throughout the reign of Queen Victoria. Such a thought is preposterous, and no-one of a scientific mind would accept such an idea even for a moment.
FIRE TAMING WITH PYRO SADIST
Mr. Pyro Sadist is very mean to fire. He has been known to whip it, consume it, even (sometimes) dance with it. Watch as he weaves it into fascinating shapes and forms, setting the very night itself ablaze!
This act is safe and appropriate for persons of all ages; however, we do advise that the general public remember: fire is only a sometimes food. Mr. Pyro is a trained professional; we recommend that you come no closer to infernal ingestion than the occasional glass of hot sauce.
THE WORLD’S LARGEST CAGE
The World’s Largest Cage is, in fact, as big as the entire world–if not bigger. Because Normalcy is one giant cage, and some people live in it their whole lives.
We’ve hidden Keys throughout the entire hotel. Find them! Before you leave, we’ll enchant each and every one of them with Circus magic. Whoever holds an enchanted key, even if just for a moment, need never be normal again.
[Rules: Please do NOT damage any part of the hotel searching for keys. If more than one person finds a key at one time, just take a picture of the key, and we’ll give an extra key to BOTH of you. Please feel free to hide additional keys throughout the hotel. Just be considerate of staff and attendees and don’t hide them in unsafe places.]
GINA THE KNIFE
How do knife-throwers manage to avoid committing murder on a nightly basis? Is it magic? Do they simply get a new subject every night? …or are they just that good? Gina the Knife is just that good. Watch her throw blades at our beloved MC, Chelsea Goodwin. Hold your breath as Gina hurls sharp, deadly weapons at her tall, talented target. Try not to blink….you won’t want to miss a single missile!
MOVIE MIKE’S MARVELOUS MOVIES
“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
Movie Mike has been a maven of cinema since before the Figmental Circus was a gleam in a sorcerer’s eye. Now he brings us a choice selection of Circustacular films, in their original 16mm format, played on a real projector. We sell way better popcorn than movie theatres, and we bring back the spirit of the Magic Lantern show, which has enchanted audiences for centuries.
THE VERY MYSTERIOUS HYPNOTIST
Will The Mysterious Hypnotist take over your very soul? No, the exchange rate on souls is terrible in this circus. Most of us have already sold ours for a doughnut. But the Mysterious Hypnotist WILL show you the peculiarities of the human mind, and the strange sorts of things which can happen when a trained master manipulates a willing cerebral cortex. This will be an all ages show, although if you bring your offspring, do prepared to answer questions like, “Hey, why was that person barking like a dog?” and “If I learn hypnosis, can I also get out of doing homework?”
THE ENCHANTED FACEPAINT TRANSFORMATIONS OF MITCHELL POULOUIN’S SYBARITES
Mitchell Poulouin has spent decades perfecting the craft of using an artist’s tools to turn you into a being of sorcerous mystery. His endless creativity and boundless skills are matched only by his passion for his work and his desire to remake the world as a more fascinating place. (Monsieur Poulouin’s facepainting is offered free to attendees, but you’ll need to sign up to get painted; he can only transform a limited number of people a day!)
VILLINS: THE MOST DANGEROUS BAND IN NEW YORK CITY (SUPERPOWERS INCLUDED)
Villins are the first ever musical act with real super powers to combine original catchy pop music with rock opera style comic book storytelling and shoot real lasers on stage!Featuring singer Jesyka and guitarist & producer Kareem “Jesus” Devlin (Kareem was given the nickname “Jesus” by Lady Gaga as the lead guitarist on her Monster Ball Tour), Villins are a mysterious musical powerhouse full of surprises.
This is the first time Villins has ever graced the Figmental Circus and its friends. Give them a big welcome and show them some (dark, villainous) love.
V IS FOR VILLAINS
We’d like to remind you that V Is for Villains, V is for Villains is a nationally touring, high energy electronic Steampunk/Villainpunk rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Furthermore, as a.A group of highly skilled stage performers, V is for Villains blends original music with colorful costuming and full backstories to create characters with a comic book and sci-fi genre feel. to the world. Well known through out the country for their stylized performances at major venues like The House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, Chicago’s Metro, V is for Villains is also high in demand at comic book and anime conventions.
To be clear, V is for Villains is NOT the Villainous Nemesis of the NYC band w, and ABSOLUTELY has not been following them from dimension to dimension and universe to universe in preparation for a Villainous Battle Royale.
INTERNATIONAL STARS STRAIGHT FROM BERLIN – THE WAVE CABARET OF FELINE & STRANGE!
Mind-boggling singer Feline Lang – well known also for opera and tango – her cello chief Christoph Klemke – and drummess Rah Hell are Feline and Strange: epic punk songs in a unique theatrical style. The Berlin-based 3 piece (vocALS, piano, cello, computer, drums) brings to mind 1920es Science Fiction silent movies soundtracked in a Berlin underground club of the 1980es – a time trip de force with a much too modern attitude. Unlike anything you ever heard. Unlikely to ever forget.
ANNOUNCING: THE FIGMENTAL MASQUERADE BALL!
The Figmental Masquerade Ball is open to all Gilt & Fanfare attendees. Come dressed in your finest attire (Circus, Halloween, or Cosplay are encouraged, but not required) and join the Masquerade. Join us in an evening of dancing under the light of a lovely and largely imaginary moon. Wear your masks…. or take OFF your mask and show the world who you are underneath. Let’s make merry while the Circus is in town!
THE JOURNEY OF THE FOOL – PRESENTED BY DIVINE SOULSCAPES
One of our Fortunetellers, Divine Soulscapes, will take you through some of the ancient mystery and power of the Tarot deck. She’ll discuss the basics of its augurial powers, including elemental and numerological associations with, of course, an explication of the Fool’s evolution through the Major Arcana.
“O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention!”
You thought it was just an electrical fireplace, but no – it’s the disguised home of our fire elemental friend. Come take a picture with his hearth. They say if you look closely within the flames, you can even see him smiling at you – but some people will say anything…
Brother Bart is a bard, a humorist, a raconteur, and a creator and performer of satirical songs in the classic tradition. He is the very best of company and mirth and merriment accompany him wherever he goes. Also, and we’d like to be clear on this point, he is most certainly not Steampunk Moriarty hiding out at the Carnival. That’s totally not a thing. Trust us. Would an imaginary circus LIE to you?
SIDESHOW OF PSYCHOSIS
What happens when the inmates take over the asylum? Well, when one of them is Ringmaster Mar Omega, it becomes the SIDESHOW OF PSYCHOSIS! Come watch an astounding blend of classic and new carnival performances, and get caught up in the madness!
TRICK AND TREATING
Be WARNED! Our mischievous costumed purveyors of joy might just WALK UP TO YOU AND GIVE YOU CANDY! (Note: If you’re a child, we’ll give the candy to your parents or guardians. It’s okay. Just promise that, if they don’t let you eat it, you’ll hold your breath until you turn mauve. If you don’t know what mauve is, that’s okay; we don’t either.)
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