Bookings

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience that your guests will remember for a lifetime, then look no further! The Coney Island Circus Sideshow is available to entertain at any event or occasion.

Coney Island USA houses a vast pool of highly skilled and talented performers including:
Sword Swallowers
Snake Charmers
Fire Manipulators (fire eaters and breathers)
Human Blockheads
Pain-Proof People
Strongmen
Magicians
Mentalists
Contortionists
Aerialists
Mermaids
Burlesque Performers
Public Speakers and Coney Island Historians

Coney Island, USA has access to hundreds of performers in a variety of skill-sets. If you have an idea in mind, but don’t see it here, just ask. Unusual acts are our specialty, including: wild west trick ropers, world record knife throwers, unique musicians, little people, natural-born human oddities and so much more! If you can dream it, we can book it!

For further information, please call Adam Rinn at 718-372-5159 (ext. 155) or email adam@coneyisland.com

SHOW INFORMATION AND BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS

RATES WITHIN NEW YORK CITY

Start at $600

OUT OF TOWN RATES (WITHIN 2 HOUR DRIVE OF NEW YORK CITY)

Start at $800

LONG DISTANCE BOOKINGS (ANYTHING OVER TWO HOURS FROM NEW YORK—WITHIN THE U.S.A*)

Start at $1500

*International bookings available—rates vary depending on location.

SHOW PACKAGES

Individual Performers - A single performer will provide a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes of performance time.  Not all performers within our pool are able to provide a full 30 minutes of performance.  In some cases, preferred performers may need to be partnered with another performer to provide a tailor made show.

Compact Show -  A variety of classic sideshow acts including sword swallowing, the human blockhead and much more.  Show duration of 45 minutes of performance.

Complete Show — From our Sideshows by the Seashore direct to your event! A complete 10-in-1 circus sideshow performance. A presentation of 10 classic sideshow acts, canvas sideshow banners, large props such as the blade box, the electric chair, the bed of nails and a 15 foot albino Burmese Python (When available)  Show duration is a minimum of 1 hour of performance.

Shows can be divided into shorter sets depending on your needs and your event.

All performers and show packages are subject to availability.

An additional show management fee of $200 is required for bookings that include three or more performers, individual performers requiring large props, as well as booking compact and complete show packages.

Booking rates apply to performers and performances only. Additional charges may apply for the following:

Extended engagements: Over two hours of presence at a given event.

Long distance engagements: Over two hours from NYC, but not requiring overnight accommodations—fuel charges, accommodations and a $50 food expense.*

Overnight engagements: requiring air travel—airfare, accommodations and a food expense of $50 per performer, per diem*

(*food expense can be waived if client provides food. Please be aware that some performers have special dietary requirements and/or allergies.  Please be considerate to this if offering to provide meals)

The client assumes responsibility for booking air travel and accommodations on long distance engagements.

PERFORMANCE VENUE RIDER

The Coney Island Circus Sideshow is extremely versatile, and able to perform in a variety of settings.  A good performance area should be roughly 6 to 8 feet around.  A performance stage is ideal, but not essential to our performance.  Access to electricity is required for show function.  Audio hookups for music and microphones are preferred, but not required.  Performances including magic as a show component require a performance space shielded from view from behind and to the sides of the performance area to provide the best presentation to the audience.

A private dressing area for performers, appropriately conditioned air (heat/cool) with mirrors and access to electricity is required.

Outdoor venues are acceptable but should be shielded from wind, rain and other elements for ideal show conditions.  The Coney Island Circus Sideshow provides performers and props only.  We are not equipped with portable structures or tents to house a show.  The client is responsible for providing adequate shielding and shelter for outdoor performances.

FIRE PERFORMANCE DISCLAIMER

Performance venues must be approved for the performance of fire.  Local fire authorities should be consulted and approve fire performances within the boundaries of the given venue.  Fire eating is diminished and difficult to perform in outdoor conditions.  Fire eating is extremely diminished during the day and especially so in sunny conditions.  In most cases, outdoor daytime performances of fire are not recommended.  Please take this into consideration before booking fire performances.

PAYMENT

We accept cash, check or credit cards as payment.  A non-refundable deposit of 25% is required to hold a booking slot. Upon receiving a booking request, a performance contract will be generated and a draft will be sent to the client for review. Upon approval and receipt of the deposit, the show will be locked into the schedule.  Executable contracts will accompany the show manager and will be signed at the event prior to performance. Balance of payments may be made at the event.

SHOW DISCLAIMER

The Coney Island Circus Sideshow features live human beings performing acts and stunts requiring a tremendous amount of skill and training.  Many of the acts performed are extremely dangerous and, to some, very shocking. It is important to note, that while we work hard to provide a range of shows to suit any audience, even our most family friendly presentations some may find difficult to watch.  We make no apologies for this, as we are practicing a long-standing tradition of classic circus sideshow performances, which by virtue of their very nature, are designed to inspire shock and awe. Nevertheless, we always work for the best possible outcome, so when booking us, please bear in mind that not all of our performers will be appropriate for some audiences. We will always work tirelessly to select the best performers to bring the most positive result to your event.

Coney Island, USA reserves the right to refuse bookings for any reason.

USAGE

The Coney Island Circus Sideshow is owned and operated by Coney Island, USA, Coney Island’s one and only not-for-profit cultural arts organization.  The name “Coney Island Circus Sideshow” may only be used when booking The Coney Island Circus Sideshow and it’s performers.  The name “Coney Island Circus Sideshow” may not be used in conjunction with any other performances or productions.  Performers booked through Coney Island, USA, and contracted to perform as components to larger productions, may only be billed as themselves, and the name “Coney Island Circus Sideshow” may not be used publicly in any form or capacity.

To book The Coney Island Circus Sideshow or individual performers please email Adam Rinn, adam(at)coneyisland.com and provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Name of company or organization
  • Address of company or organization
  • Address of the performance venue, and type of venue (club, hall, home etc…)
  • Show package or performers requested
  • Date of the event or engagement
  • Type Of Event, Type of Audience and Expected Attendance
  • Call Time, Performance Time and total amount of time you would like us at your event.
  • Email address
  • Phone number

For further information, please call Adam Rinn at 718-372-5159 (ext. 155) or email adam(at)coneyisland.com

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