LET US MAKE YOUR NEXT EVENT AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE
For more than a century, visitors have flocked to Coney Island for its novelty diversions and amusements. We continue to welcome hundreds of thousands of spectators every year, delivering - without fail - an entertainment experience that remains unmatched anywhere else in the world.
The awe-inspiring performers and entertainers at the heart of that experience can be booked for celebrations and happenings of all kinds, whether you’re planning a Sweet 16, bar/bat mitzvah, communion, wedding, private party, or corporate/brand event. From sword swallowers, magicians, and aerialists to mermaids, fire eaters, face painters, and beyond, our line-up of inimitable talent brings the world-famous spirit of Coney Island straight to your guests.
A Breadth of Extraordinary Acts
Coney Island USA gives you access to hundreds of unusual performers, entertainers, and acts, with options for guests of all ages. Booking with us ensures a truly unforgettable celebration. Note: The following list represents a selection of the talented performers with whom we work. If you’ve got something specific in mind and don’t see it here, just ask.
Circus Banner Paintings
Tarot Card Readers
Coney Island Expert/Historian Lectures
Ambient and Cocktail Party Entertainers
*Rent a hand-painted banner or commission a custom piece from our artist-in-residence
Our talent is fully insured, and working with us means you’re supporting a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization - a portion of our booking fee is tax-deductible. Contact us for more information including pricing and packages.
Praise From Our Clients
We’ve worked with an extensive clientele and a long list of prestigious organizations and venues like the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Fox Films, Harrah’s Atlantic City, Hilton Luxury Brands, Motorola, the New York Aquarium, Starwood Hotels, Viacom, Warby Parker, the Suffolk Theater, and Yale University, among many others.
The thought of Coney Island must hold a special place in people’s hearts. If you could have seen the look of sheer joy on our guests’ faces when they saw your performers appear … It was some kind of wonderful. - June Mosca
It was such a pleasure having you in-store for both our press and opening day Flower Show events! - Macy’s Flower Show
Thank you so much for coming out. I loved the way the lecture went; you were an amazing addition to the party. I really hope we can work together in the future. - Liberty Science Center
Thank you all so very much for gracing us with your presence, wisdom, and talent last night. The program attracted and captivated such a diverse and lively crowd and all were blown away! - Brooklyn Historical Society
My daughter and her friends are STILL talking about her amazing bat mitzvah celebration, courtesy of you and your incredible performers. We absolutely loved introducing them to the magic of Coney Island. You were all an absolute pleasure to work with - sword swallowers, fire eaters, and snake ladies for the win! - Jamie Chapman
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 email adam(at)coneyisland.com
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