Creator of The Circus of Horrors, Preston-born Dr Haze, which starts a Halloween and half tern run at the Pleasure Beach Globe tonight is convinced his touring show is cursed by a prop featured in the production.
The new production is a sequel to last years critically acclaimed show The Ventriloquist and is titled The Curse of the Devil Doll after a series of bizarre and at times near fatal incidents happened during the last tour.
Dr Haze says: “‘It all started with vehicles that carried the Doll blowing up inexplicably.”
But a week into the tour and things took a definite turn for 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 (far right) swallowed a lit neon tube – something regarded as the most dangerous of all sword swallowing stunts because 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 four weeks then a further two weeks in a general ward.
Dr Haze says more vehicles then broke down, always when carrying the Doll.
“After Christmas though The Curse seemed to increase its intensity culminating in a mini bus carrying half of the cast breaking down in a remote area and almost reared off the road,” says Dr Haze. “The Doll was laying down on the back seat and the cast all jumped out of the van.
“But when they looked through the window they found the jolt had thrown the Doll into a sitting position and triggered a switch that lit his glowing red eyes.”
The sight sent shockwaves through the company, he said.
“It was almost mutiny, lots of the cast refused to travel in the van again and two Spanish Catholics who were in the show left within a few weeks,” he said
Since being formed 17 years ago for the 1995 Glastonbury Festival The Circus of Horrors has gone on to tour the world achieving cult status. The cast also stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent.
The Circus of Horrors runs nightly at 8pm.