Award winning entertainment 

 A Handful of Hats is the circus company name for Peter Gamble, an accomplished professional entertainer and bonne viveur, based in sunny Barrybados in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. 

I've performed all over the UK, Europe and the USA over the past 25 years, achieving national and international performance and competition awards along the way, building on my experience in circus, cabaret, compering and circus workshops. 

I specialise in providing the finest family entertainment in glorious costumes and delivering quality workshops surpassing customer expectations, especially in the western arts of whip cracking, knife throwing and lasso, using only the best in props and equipment.  

I've worked for international companies, local authorities and individuals on mayor international sporting events, royal occasions, festivals, festes and large media events, so please don't hesitate in contacting me for a no obligtaion chat anytime to dicuss your needs and desires for your next event.

Please see the other pages on this site for the full range of shows, acts and workshops on offer. some are available as double acts or with a team of tutors and if I can't offer it, I'm happy to reccomned my many circus friends who should fit the bill. 

 In the meantime here are a couple of random idea just to get you going. Please note these are just for your inspiration,  I no longer organise event packages like this, other than providing a double act or a team of workshop trainers.  

Event Themes and Party Ideas 

1)    Blow up a Day! Inflatable Fun Day and Bring your own Picnic ( Super slides and Assault courses for all ages )

 

2)    " It's a kind of Magic" ( Day of magic shows and workshops )

 

3)    Victorian Fun Day with Fairground and Vintage Faire ( wear a bonnet or westkit! ) 

 

4)    Easter Parade, Bonnets and Fancy Dress Parade

 

5)    Medieval Madness and Mayhem

 

6)    Mad Hatters Tea Party

 

7)    Harry Potter Party 

 

8)    Wild West Cowboys and Native Americans

 

9)   Shipwrecks and Pirates

10)                   Circus Tents, Flying Ladies and Men with Moustaches

 

11)  Story Telling Day

 

12)  Vintage Fair and Vintage Sideshows with Sideshow Sid and friends

 

13)  Space Wars

 

14)  Dragon Quest Day

 

15)  Giant Dragon Balloon Workshop , Dragon Shows 

 

16)  Americana Day.  Classic car rally, Re-enactment camp

 

17)  Superhero Day

 

18)  Sport in the Park

 

19)  Bubble and Balloon shows , workshops and walkabouts,

 

20) A Day at the Seaside ( and Grand Picnic Day? )

 

21)  Fun with Flags ( I have no idea , I just like TBBT)

 

22)  Dads Army / 1940's Day

 

23)  Flower Power Day ( Disco in the Castle? costume comps and themed entertainment )

 

24)  Jungle Day (lots of themed acts available plus snakes and insect shows )  " wear your favourite tiger onesies!

 

25)  Dickensian Market / Victorian Day

 

26)  Superkids Day(Lots of silly games competitions and shows , cookie decorating .. cake making ?

 

27)  Super Mum and Dads Day ( bring your Super Mum or Dad , egg and spoon races, three legged races, and a Mum and Dad Talent Show ....      

28)  Seaside Day ( Donkey Rides, Punch and Judy shows , Bathing Belles etcBest Moustache Comp, Knobbly Knees comp )

 

29)  It's Magic Day!      Magic Workshops , Magic Shows , Bring and show your favourite Magic Trick.

 

 

Contact Pete Gamble on 07875 8256773

www.ahandfulofhats.co.uk

ahandfulofhats@gmail.com


Testimonials, Quotes and Client lists

Your Merlyne “the ever so scary” was superb entertainment, the Fire Show at the reception certainly warmed the guests up and your show was pure Medieval mayhem , Thank you for working so hard everyone thoroughly enjoyed everything.
— Michaelmass Feast held at Pilton Farm for Michael Eavis (founder, Glastonbury Festival)
“Just a line to say “Thank you so much” for all that you did at our wedding, the guests and children adored it all and you were awesome with that whip, and thank you for not cutting my cock off “
— Jake Lewis Swansea
“We would recommend you for any event or event organiser, an excellent professional company with an amazing show!
— Carolyn Murphy Arts Development Manager Crawley Borough Council ( "The Vikings !" Crawley Circus Festival)

Some of the People I've worked for :

Qualifications and Awards

indiana Show Grand Award Winner, European Whip Cracking Championship Czech Republic 2015

International Freestyle Performance Whip Cracking Champion (2009) Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas USA

International Silver Medalist Whip Target Accuracy , Bronze Medalist " Skeet Shooting" (2009)  Texas USA

Television  Cabaret Act Challenge Winners ( Charlotte Church Show ) London. 

Western Arts Club certified  "Expert Whip Trainer"

UK National Whip Cracking Grandmaster,   Long and Short Whip Target Champion (2005, 2006 , 2007 .   to present )

UK National Sports Whip Grandmaster 2006, to  2014

International Western Skills Festival Whip Fast Draw Target Champion 2014/15

Founder Barry Juggling and Circus Skills Club

Professional Qualifications past and present

Certificate of Education ( Cert Ed) University of Newport

Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Fellow of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (Hons)

 President of the Wales Branch ISRM

 Member of the Institute of Hospitality

Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management .

IOSH Accident and Risk Management Assessor 

Circus skills ( Western Arts ) Trainer No Fit State Circus 

TV and Film Appearances.

The Big Breakfast  2001 Family of the Week , not a painless experience, Johnny Vaughan and Gaby Roslin tried a bit too hard .  but got to have breakfast with my hero Daley Thompson. 

2004 No Girls Allowed ( Foundation TV )  :World Whipcracking Challenge , most balloons burst in 30 seconds , ( 24 ) Most candles snuffed with a whip in a minute. 

2005 Ministry of Mayhem with Holly Willoughby and Stephen Mulhern ( Whip cracking stunt involving the pop group McFly ) 

2005 BBC News 1st British Whip Convention Founder and Organiser 

 

2007 ? NUTS TV ,  Whipped the presenters ( they deserved it ) 

2009 The Charlotte Church Show ( European Cabaret Act Challenge ) we beat a German juggler bouncing balls between her legs ..

2014? The Graham Norton Show ( Tech consultant , prop supplier and stand in for Camaron Diaz's lasso throwing stunt ) 

Oct 2015 The One Show BBC Mat Baker presenter ( Trained and appeared with writer comedien Ben Elton to crack a whip for satirical political piece on the making of the next great Whip for Parliament 

2015 Billy The Kid , Award winning Short Film by Sam Johnstone.  Trained whip cracking and lasso throwing and stunt co-ordinated actor  The Hobbits John Bell star of anti bullying film 

https://vimeo.com/128184229

2015 The Grass is Greener short film by   Amamda Mealing ( Casualty)  role as the "Mad chef" and trained / tech consulted knife throwing and magic act. 

April 2016 The One Show BBC Martyn Jopson First scientific documented filming of the actual production of a sonic boom with a whip . 

 

Nov 2016 Duck Quacks don't Echo Sky TV,  Challenge fact programme with Lee Mack, trained cast and crew and appeared as "whip expert" and stand in for Danny Baker in sonic boom production.

    January 2017 Media Launch Day for The Magnificent Seven DVD launch , Trained  media "influencers" GMTV presenters, Rolling Stone journalists etc in Knife throwing, whip cracking, gun fighting, quick draw and gun spinning, trick shooting, lasso throwing and lasso spinning  . 

 

  Oct 2017 CBBC Deadly Dinosaurs with Steve Backshall ( I appeared demonstrating the power of a Diplodocus tail, I taught Steve how to crack a whip and a fire whip and providing tech consultancy on the stunts in the show) 

Oct 2017 Media Launch Day for Fox Studios Kingsman film The Golden Circle ( Co-ordinated , Set dressed and Trained  40 international media influencers in whip cracking, gun and knife spinning, lasso throwing and spinning for filmed  broadcast b rolls.