Founded by Dr. J.R. Whitcomb in 2011 and have been featured in both Weird NJ magazine and The Star Ledger, Karnevil is considered to be New Jerseys premiere carnival sideshow experience as well as being touted globally as “The worlds most dangerous sideshow.”

Whether bringing you death defying escapes, astounding acts of skill, classic sideshow fare, ridiculous games, or informative presentations on macabre Victorian subject matter, the Karnevil crew delivers above and beyond mortal expectations.

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Karnevil’s 10-in-1 Carnival Sideshow!

Roll up, roll up, fiends and fans for the most fantastical sideshow experience on the east coast! In classic format, a marvelous mixture of more than nine, and less than eleven acts of skill and daring performed live by Karnevils self made freaks. You will meet the human blockhead, a person capable of replicating a self lobotomy and live to talk about it! You will see thrilling escapes from medieval manacles and medical restraints! You will experience first hand the effects of inhumane animal traps on human flesh! All this, and more in a single show! See it once, see it twice, every showing is unique and guaranteed different from the last!​

Tarot Cards, Table Rappers and Con Men

Charlatans, swindlers and frauds abound in the realm of Victorian era mysticism and spiritualism. The Lady Gypsy of Karnevil will spin tales of false mediums, fake fairies and spiritual gold diggers, AND the people hell bent on exposing them.

Karnevil’s Wild West Whip Show

Professional whip artist, Dr. J.R. Whitcomb, demonstrates a variety of bullwhip tricks and targeting maneuvers. A fan favorite, this show has been adapted to fit gaming conventions, renaissance faires, steampunk festivals, and anywhere else there is a need for, “Thrills and Excitement at 768 Miles Per Hour!”


Sinister stories and hellish historical accounts of freaks, fakirs, illusionists, snake oil salesmen and all matters odd. Modern day practitioners of the art of the circus sideshow Dr. J.R. and Gypsy of “”Karnevil”” will guide you through the crowded tents of yesteryear, full of mummies, spinsters, six legged men and other circus freaks! Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

Ask a Karnie aka Hungover Brunch With Karnevil

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