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.
Into each generation is born a creature of light and a creature of darkness.
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Did You Know?
Michael J. Anderson
, who plays the head of the carnival, was previously a guest star on The X-Files "Humbug"The X-Files: Humbug
(1995) in which he played a hotel owner who was offended when Mulder mistook him for a worker at the nearby carnival. See more
Whenever "Russian" dialogue is heard, most of it is just gibberish. See more
Lyle, I'm tellin' you this operation is 100% legit.
Sheriff Lyle Donovan
I never heard an honest man use "legit".
Referenced in 500 Days of Summer