1934, America. The Dustbowl. A fugitive named Ben Hawkins finds refuge within a traveling carnival comprised of a tarot card reader and her catatonic/telekinetic mother, a blind mentalist, a bearded lady, and conjoined twins, amongst others. The carnival is owned by the mysterious and unseen Management, who has designs on the young Hawkins, for the boy is concealing an untapped gift: he can heal the lame and raise the dead--at a price. Ben also finds himself disturbed by cryptic and prophetic dreams, which he shares with a Methodist preacher in California, Brother Justin Crowe. Brother Justin, convinced by his dreams he is following God's will, has begun to practice his own extraordinary talents, although the preacher's plans increasingly lead to disturbing and tragic consequences. In this "last great age of magic," Ben Hawkins and Justin Crowe are moving toward a great conflict between Good and Evil, although it not yet clear on which sides these men will stand. Written by
Into each generation is born a creature of light and a creature of darkness.
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Did You Know?
Michael J. Anderson
was a guest star on "Humbug," a 1995 episode of "The X-Files" in which he played a hotel owner who was offended when Mulder mistook him for a carnival worker (the episode was about a town inhabited by a large number of retired or wintering carnies). In Carnivàle
(2003), Anderson plays the head of a traveling carnival. See more
When Jonsey behind Rita Sue behind the cage, whenever the camera is behind Rita Sue, her hair is fiercely blowing in the wind. Whenever the camera switches directly on Rita Sue, her hair is calm and perfectly in place. See more
You always had a beard?
Ever since I was thirteen.
You come by my tent later, dark and handsome, and I'll show you something else I had since I was thirteen.