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Five visitors to a fairground sideshow are dared by the mysterious Dr. Diabolo to enter his inner sanctum, promising them a vision of the future. Colin Williams, a young playboy, sees himself murder his miserly uncle for his money, only to fall under the spell of his uncle's cat and continue to kill in order to satisfy the animal's craving for human heads. Carla Hayes, an ambitious starlet, has an affair with actor Bruce Benton in order to further her career but discovers that he and other stars are metal automatons created by mastermind surgeon Dr. Heim. Heim, to prevent Carla from exposing him, also transforms her into an automaton, and as such she achieves stardom. Dorothy Endicott, Carla's cousin, sees herself as a reporter who falls in love with Leo Winston, a famed pianist, but is ultimately driven to her death by his grand piano, which is invested with the spirit of Leo's dead mother. Ronald Wyatt, a collector of Edgar Allan Poe relics, sees himself kill fellow collector Lancelot Canning in order to obtain an unpublished Poe manuscript; after discovering that the manuscript was actually written by the resurrected remains of the author, Wyatt is persuaded by Poe to end both their lives by setting the house on fire. The fifth visitor, Gordon Roberts, refuses to have his horrifying future revealed and stabs Diabolo to avoid taking his turn. When the others leave in panic, the sinister doctor pays off Roberts, who is his cohort in the bogus performance.