The Cutest Cast Member
Cotter Pin is arguably the most recognized cast member of Carnival Epsilon! Although he does have an overwhelming love of bacon, don't mistake him for a common canine!
A Showman from birth, Cotter Pin grew up traveling around the country with his chosen human, Ivy. Spending all that time around Sideshow and Circus performers, he was bound to pick up a few unusual skills.
Impressed by the agility of some of the performers he grew up around, he diligently practiced for hours, until he finally became a master of balance and acrobatics.
Cotter also wanted to do something to give back to the community, and has developed a very dramatic skit about the danger of toy guns!
Master of Flow
Lucy loves all things flow. With a grace and poise not often seen in this day and age, she'll quickly dance her way in to your heart like she did ours. Silk fans are her favorite, but she's quite mesmerizing to watch with a hoop as well!
Zed (or Z for short) has always had a fascination with the world of sideshow. One fateful afternoon he stumbled across the odd colorful whirlwind that is Phi and the rest is history! Originally joining the show as a roadie, Z was given an unusual challenge: Learn how to swallow a sword and you're in. In an astounding combination of talent and determination, he had his first sword down two weeks later. Talk about a quick study!
Claustrophobic? Our fearless and flexible contortionist certainly isn't! Her unnaturally flexibility allows Squeeks to get in to some pretty tight situations, and more importantly, to get back out! Whether it's a vintage luggage trunk or a box full or acrylic blades, she manages to twist and fold while somehow looking comfortable in the most unusual positions.
Growing up on a peanut farm in rural Oklahoma can lead to the development of some strange and unusual skills.
Living an hour away from the nearest arcade, shopping center, or bowling alley, Phi had to come up with unorthodox ways to keep herself entertained.
She and her friend, Skuffy the bowling ball, found that it's quite difficult to bowl on dirt and gravel. So instead, they came up with an odd off-shoot of the game that's more akin to a demolition-derby than the traditional game.
Country life did have a few perks though. The lack of neighbors (or a fire-department to call) allowed her to nurture her inner fire-bug.
When she wasn't playing with fire, or running around with a precariously dangling bowling ball attached to her face, Phi also made games out of twisting steel re-bar into fun shapes... with her bare hands.
Ivy has always been a bit of an Oddity. In fact, the discovery of one of her skills involves a story about a school for criminally insane children and Yoda... O.o
While most youngsters discover that things tend to get stuck when inserted into the nose, Ivy found out that she was quite the opposite. As she grew up, she graduated from sticking forks & knives into her sinus cavity, and moved on to hand drills.
Sounds painful, doesn't it? Well, that's how she discovered one of her other talents. Pain doesn't have the same hold over Ivy that it does for most.
Her almost supernatural tolerance for pain allows her to perform acts that would be impossible for a normal person. She can snap her tongue in a mousetrap or sew a button to herself without so much as flinching!
The Mind Behind the Madness
Marcus is the twisted mind behind Carnival Epsilon.
Swallowing swords, walking on machetes, and napping on a bed of screws are his idea of a day well spent.
Of couse, after a long day of hard work, anyone would appreciate a warm meal! So, he had the bright idea to start eating light bulbs. His dentist is not amused.
He also enjoys long walks on the beach, but since they're a bit rare in Oklahoma, he decided to take up an artistic hobby. One day, he was unexpectedly inspired while watching a TV special on competitve lumber-jack carving.
With his trusted Steampunk chainsaw in hand, he prepared for his debut into the world of slicing and dicing. His plans were cut short when he was intercepted by Ivy on the way to 'spruce up' the backyard apple tree.
Ivy's stern warning of "You will not cut a single branch off that tree!" did leave a bit of room for interpretation though. After all, the tree was full of apples! She hadn't said anything about cutting the apples!
After some trial and error, Marcus discovered that cutting a hanging apple with a chainsaw was quite a bit more difficult than expected. Refusing to admit defeat, he recruited another member of the show to assist him with his insane plan.
The moral of the story: HOBBIES ARE BEST WHEN DONE WITH FRIENDS!