Professor Lorenzo’s Carnival of Mysteries Interactive Art Installation Coming to Findlay Market


People’s Liberty announces Professor Lorenzo’s Carnival of Mysteries, the second of three 2019 Globe Grant projects to transform the Globefront gallery at 1805 Elm Street next to Findlay Market. Launching the evening of April 12, this interactive art installation invites guests of all ages to test their creative strengths and unlock puzzles to solve an imaginative mystery. Professor Lorenzo’s Carnival of Mysteries will be open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with regular hours running from April 13 through May 27. Admission is free.

Inspired by circuses of the early 20th Century, Professor Lorenzo’s Carnival of Mysteries is the brainchild of local writer and puzzle creator John Bromels. He imagined an interactive art experience similar to an escape room but without the time pressure. Friends and families can solve puzzles and challenges on their own schedule both in the space and in the surrounding Findlay Market.

To help with puzzle design, Bromels enlisted local actor and puzzler Jeremy Dubin, with whom he previously partnered on the Puzzle Crawl, a monthly Cincinnati bar crawl featuring unique pencil puzzles.

“We wanted to create an immersive story experience in which folks of all ages can play for a few minutes or a few hours,” says Bromels, Ringmaster and chief storyteller for the project. “Professor Lorenzo’s Carnival of Mysteries is for fans of escape rooms, scavenger hunts, puzzles and games, or anyone who enjoys a little surprise in their day.”

Guests start their journey inside the big top where they can engage in interactive circus activities. Solving a simple puzzle will allow guests to dive deeper into the world of the story. Guests can solve a series of crosswords, wordfinds and other types of puzzles inside the space.

The game also includes an augmented reality scavenger hunt around Findlay Market that guests can play with their cell phones, as well as an original comic book written by Bromels and illustrated by local artist Eamon Hill. The design team includes Mike “Auggie” Augustine, Doug Borntrager, Anna Catton, and Amy Strickland.

Grand Opening on Friday evening, April 12. For more details and information on special events, visit


About People’s Liberty:
People’s Liberty is a philanthropic lab that brings together civic minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. People’s Liberty is powered by the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation.

For more information about People’s Liberty, please visit

Game Day