THE GREATEST SHOW

A Handful of Hats presents :

A pocket sized Greatest Show on Earth!!

We’ve developed a range of circus themed packages that range from a solo performer as your host, ringmaster and cabaret star, to two , three and more talented performers that we know put on The Greatest Show.

Our One Man Circus provides :

Meet and greet as your guests arrive with whip cracking fun and games, then joins them in the Reception to pass on some circus skills before calling them into Dinner. He’ll then entertain at table or act as Toastmaster for the evening before providing an award winning Circus Cabaret act of whip cracking fun, juggling, comedy and magic that makes up a great evenings entertainment.

Bigger !

He’s joined by a fire juggling, balloon modelling Circus Stiltwalker. Fiery meet and greet then the finest balloon models for entertainment around the around the tables then he joins the Ringmaster for a two handed cabaret show of uni-cycling skills and merry mayhem.

Bigger still?

We have a number of other performers from acro balance contortionists to glamorous Hula Hoop acts that allows us to bring the smell of the crowd and the roar of the greasepaint into any sized venue and event, whether it’s a banquet suite or ball room.

For more information on costs please email ahandfulofhats@gmail.com or phone 07875 826773



The Deeply Dangerous Show


A vintage style circus act with a twist, devised for No Fit State Circus, this live target knife throwing show brings to the stage the “ Daggers of Doom” and “The Fingers of Fear !!”

Steam punk meets Circus punks, wit and repartee springs from real impalement danger act like never before.

Featuring Mr Francis (The Fearless) Maxey Esquire and Messieur Pierre (More Danger) Gamble, two gentlemen of this parish. present a tale of the origins of knife throwing in a steam powered circus, with increasingly dangerous feats of knife throwing, as the pressure builds so do the laughs, a guaranteed comedy driven steam railroad ride of delight.

This unique show features never before seen stunts that will have your guests on the edge of their seats and laughing with relief.

Perfect for “The Greatest Show on Earth”, Cabaret Dinner Shows and circus themed events and festivals. Fabulous Hula and Aerial straps acts are also available.

Show timings

“ The Deeply Dangerous Show “ (10 minutes)

“The Even Deeper, Deeply Dangerous Show” (30 minutes) includes unique whip cracking stunts and thrills, with or without audience participation.

Other themes available , please ask..




EVENT Ringmaster

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Polished, professional and perfect for your event, with international award winning circus skills, world class wit and consumate charm.

He has hosted international circus shows, corporate awards evenings, weddings, handfastings and starred as “Zidler” in Moulin Rouge stage productions, even “Huge Jackman” for The Greatest Show on Earth”



Technical details

Available as host, compere and toastmaster whether for an hour, a day or an evening.

Also available with a Circus Cabaret show with whip cracking and circus skills.

Radio mic required but a PPA can be available for smaller venues.

Free parking required nearby.

Clean, secure changing space please.

Credits:

Ringmastered for Zippo Circus, No Fit State, Pick “n” Mix Circus, Black Jam Circus and Cirque Surreal.

Available as Victorian, Edwardian, Kabaret and Wonderland Themed.

His performance and presence was excellent, he was a compelling Ringmaster, an enthralling entertainer and as a compere, held the entire event together beautifully.
— John K. Director No Fit State Circus
Impeccably turned out and cultured, even with very little run through he just knew what to do and he turned our event into a grand three ring circus! Loved him!
— Caroline Shear Syon Park London
Thank you so much for Friday night , it was so much fun, I haven’t laughed so much for ages, it was a pleasure working with you, we had a most incredible evening, it exceeded all our targets and the guests were thrilled to bits.
— Lisa E Events Officer Ty Hafan The Childrens' Hospice in Wales.

A circus wedding in the Lake District for Sarah and Trevor.  


 Alice in Wonderland Handfasting for Sam and Lizzy McEvilly, Pulham Dorset. July 2017

 When as a young girl Lizzy was asked by her Mother where she would want to be married; she replied " Underneath that willow tree in our back garden "  " as a Mad Hatters Tea Party ! "

What the Brides' parents had to say> 

Dear Peter, We are sat here on Sunday night having cleared up, ruminating on what was I think the most perfect event we have ever been to. No small part of that was down to you taking charge and enabling us to truly enjoy the special day for Sam and Lizzy. Thank you so very much, you are a special, talented and very kind person.
— Phil and Alyson Weymouth Pulham Dorset (Mother and Father of the Bride)

"Can he marry people?"

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 The simple answer is No, but as an experienced Hand Fasting celebrant he wll develop a personalised Circus Hand Fasting Ceremony to suit you and your event. It is non religious, more humorist than humanist and has proven to be a great success.  

Gala Show Host 

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An accomplished compere, he has hosted awards ceremonies for Admiral, ING, Sony and Lloyds Bank and Gala shows for the British Juggling Convention, community circus cabarets, toastmastered for The Round Table and entertained at Royal events.

With years of experience as a Hotelier, Bangueting Manager and professional ringmaster, he is a master of the moment with great presence and charm mixed with a warm wit and a wicked sense of humour.

His voice was described by Gaby Roslin as “liquid gold”, if you need people moved on to dinner, warmed up for dessert, fired up for the first act, he’s the man for you.



Quite simply we could not have asked for a better host for the occasion! my wife and I and children were delighted with everything you did. Much love to you!
— Paul Ralley Groom
You were just most fun person we could of asked for to meet and entertain our guests and they loved the costume too! ,
— Victoria Holt Safe Foundation

Meet and Greet, Stiltwalkers, Hula Hoop artistes and Balloon Modellers also available.

Technical Requirements:

Radio head mic

Level, flat stage (raked is fine)

Minimum space requirements – he’s a big bloke but will fit anywhere

Lighting , even front wash, no spot on board

Free parking nearby

Secure dressing room

Length Of Performance: , However long you need from an hour to a day and more .