Interact with a cast of 8 or 9 performers, examine the clues, interrogate the suspects and solve a dastardly crime of murder. Clown Cartel has more than 20 mystery plots to choose from! Clown Cartel owners Val and Iain Little have written and produced public and private Murder Mysteries since 2002.
Setting the Scene
We’ll take you to another time and place, from Al Capone’s nightclub to a medieval court. From a modern investigation of a haunted venue to a deadly exploration of Edmonton’s past, our interactive Murder Mysteries bring stories to life. Choose from:
Murder Mystery FAQ
Q: How many people can play a Murder Mystery?
A: Our standard mysteries can play to a group of 20 to 125 people, with the exception of Little Courthouse on the Prairie and Murder at the Midway, which can accommodate up to 200 people.
Q: How long does a Murder Mystery run?
A: Typically they run about 3 ½ to 4 hours in total. Allow about 1 ½ to 2 hours before the death to gently get to know the characters and set up the plot. After the death (at about the time dessert is served), it takes about 1 ½ hours to investigate the crime and half an hour for the guests to make their accusations and for the detective to deliver the solution.
Q: What are the Murder Mystery requirements on-site?
A: We are very self-contained and bring our own sound system. Our needs are a changing room for the performers, space for one or 2 clue boards (with room for people to gather around), and space for focused dramatic elements. Certain mysteries may have specific requirements. We will be happy to help you match your needs with our mystery options.
Q: How involved are the guests?
A: We involve your guests to the extent they feel comfortable. Some prefer to sit back and watch the goings-on; others may choose to attend the interrogations and even assist the detective in questioning a suspect. We do have some mysteries in which players may become involved as characters in the story. We have the greatest respect for our volunteers and never put them into an uncomfortable situation.
Q: What happens during the Murder Mystery?
A: Comedy-based performers will mix and mingle with your guests before the murder. Each mystery also has focused staged elements designed to be seen and heard by everyone. After the murder is committed, the detective will name the suspects in the crime. When all the clues have been posted, the detective will then call for the completion of “who-dun-it?” forms and conclude the evening with a denouement to reveal the killer.
Q. Is it suitable for children?
A: Given that the main stories involve a murder, then the parents are the best judge of whether or not it is suitable for their children. Our style is always "family-friendly." Our actors never use language that our grandparents wouldn't approve of. Any portrayed violence is generally pretty tame. Some mysteries have gunshots; our medieval mystery has a carefully choreographed sword fight. The actual death scenes are not graphic, and the bodies are promptly carried out.
Very young toddlers and preschoolers probably won't understand what's going on, but generally if they're old enough to read and write (and are interested in murder mysteries), then, yes, we've found that preteens and young teenagers do enjoy our murder mysteries. And we enjoy having them there as well. Typically, the kids buy into the storyline wholeheartedly. They're usually more outgoing than the grown-ups and are not afraid to question the suspects. The enthusiasm and excitement of young people immersing themselves in the mysteries is highly infectious and raises the energy of the whole event.
If you’re interested in hosting a Murder Mystery, contact the Clown Cartel. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. For additional Murder Mystery photos and information, visit our Murder Mystery website.