Award winning entertainment 

 A Handful of Hats is the circus company name of Pete Gamble, a professional entertainer, 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 corporate circus and the western arts of whip cracking, knife throwing and lasso, using only the best in props and equipment.  

Having worked on a number international events, royal occasions, festivals, fetes and large media launches recently I love the challenge of making your event exactly what you envisioned so don't hesitate to contact us for a chat anytime to dicuss your needs and desires for your next event.

Please see the other pages on this site for the range of shows, acts and workshops on offer, there are more available if you can't see what you had in mind. 

 Event planners, for a list of the current and upcoming themes for 2019 please just drop me a line. 

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

European 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 Wales Branch Institute of Sport and Recreation Manangemenst

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


 NUTS TV ,  Whipped the presenters ( they deserved it ) 

 The Charlotte Church Show ( European Cabaret Act Challenge )

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

2015 The Grass is Greener short film by   Amanda 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 Event 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 their worldwide broadcasts. 

une 2018 

TV commercial for Tombola Bingo , trained 30 "players " in western skills and played the role for end roll.