COMING UP: The Circus Of Horrors at Liverpool Empire, 20 Jan 2013

17 years after its conception at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival, The Circus of Horrors has gone on to tour the world achieving cult status and dragging circus screaming and shouting into the 21st century and beyond. The new sensation, which stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, is packed with new shocks that will take you on a whirlwind journey like a bat out of hell into 1927 Berlin. This was the roaring twenties, a decadent decade, the birth of the cabaret and the home to ‘The Devil Doll’.


The new phantasmagoria is a sequel to last year’s critically acclaimed show ‘The Ventriloquist’ and is named ‘The Curse of the Devil Doll’ after a series of bizarre and near fatal incidents happened during the last tour.

Dr Haze, creator of The Circus of Horrors commented, ‘It all started with vehicles that carried the Doll unexplainably blowing up, but a week into the tour and things took a definite turn to the worse’. The show was appearing in Bradford and, during a sequence where the Doll appeared to be brought to life with the aid of a Tesla coil, sword-swallower Hannibal Hellmurto swallowed a lit neon tube.

Dr Haze continues, ‘Swallowing a neon tube is regarded as the most dangerous of all sword-swallowing stunts. It can shatter and send glass, mercury and electricity into your body. Thankfully none of these did happen but a dry throat did cause the tube to rip a 20mm hole in his oesophagus.’ He was rushed to hospital and kept in intensive care for 4 weeks and then a further 2 weeks in a general ward.

During this period more vehicles inexplicably broke down, each time it was always the vehicle carrying the Doll. After Christmas though ‘The Curse’ seemed to increase in its intensity. A mini-bus carrying half of the cast broke down in a remote area and almost veered off the road. The Doll had been laying down on the back seat but when the cast all jumped out of the van and looked back inside the window, they found the jolt had thrown the Doll into a sitting position and triggered a switch that lit his ‘glowing red eyes’.

Unperturbed though, instead of burning the Doll, a sequel was written that reveals to catastrophic circumstances who ‘The Puppet Master’ really is.

The new show twists and turns, sending a shiver down your spine as the demonic dummy seems to take on a life of its own. Featuring fantastic, dare devil and bizarre circus acts from all four corners of the world including sword-swallowers, demon dwarfs, hair-hanging beauties, an iron-jawed diva, voodoo acrobats, knife throwers, sinister sisters, aerialists and lots, lots more. It will have you sitting on the edge of your seat (when not falling off it with laughter) all of course blighted by The Curse of the Devil Doll.


The Circus of Horrors – The Curse of the Devil Doll is at the Liverpool Empire on Sunday 20 January 2012

Tickets from £10

Tickets available from Liverpool Empire Box Office or call 0844 871 3017 or online at


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