Andrew Van Buren Showman

Telephone +44 (0)1782 611954 Or via e-mail avanburen@aol.com

"Van Buren one of the biggest names in British Illusionists for many a decade"
Editor Secrets Magic Circle Magazine

Andrew Van Buren served an apprenticeship most performers only dream about. He spent his childhood touring the World with his parents' show 'The Van Buren Magic Illusion Spectacular' learning his trade in theatres & circus, on-stage, off-stage & backstage.

During this time he teamed up with a Hungarian State Circus Artiste who taught him the art of trick cycling, paving the way to also becoming expert in juggling, balancing & plate spinning.


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Andrew Van Buren Age 8 Sweden
Andrew Van Buren age 8, in Circus Svenson Sweden

This invaluable experience has produced a knowledgeable performer renowned for visual spectaculars underpinned with practical simplicity & reliability.

Utilising his traditional variety & circus background Andrew is now carving his way into the future with his contemporary spectacular magic illusion shows, often combining his juggling skills.


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His parents Fred Van Buren & Greta originally invented & performed many of the unique illusions which have become classics of the Van Buren show.

Fred Van Buren's experience in circus enabled him to create illusions presented completely surrounded by the audience.

Andrew Van Buren Unicycling Act Age 11
Andrew's trick cycling act, age 11

Among the most talked about is the Houdini Metamorphosis transforming magicaly into a water fountain garden. Also the astonishing bank of Illuminated Fluorescent Light Tubes visibly passing through a person's body.

But the ultimate illusion is Van Buren's famous Vanishing Motorcycle and Rider, the only one in the World performed completely surrounded by the audience & regularly featured by Andrew today.


Today Andrew presents a 21st Century production adding his own twists, style & skills to this fast-moving illusion show featuring a company of beautiful girls, superbly dressed & choreographed.

Van Buren Platespinner

The Van Buren Magic Illusion Spectacular travels thousands of miles throughout the UK, Europe & around the globe, bridging all language barriers. Always infinitely adaptable & flexible - theatre stage, intimate cabaret floor, circus ring, ice rink, showground arena or corporate location.

Incredible illusions presented in impossible situations.


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Frequently advising for TV, Film & corporate product launches, delicate porcelain plates spin at conferences to emphasise vital promotional & sales messages or to reinforce important points in training & development seminars.

The variations & possibilities are infinite.


Now recognised as the number one plate spinner Andrew often is refered to as "The Spin Doctor".

He specialises in tightly constructed corporate & cabaret packages of illusion, juggling, plate spinning and trick cycling skills, a combination which has gained him world recognition as a truly versatile performer & showman.




Over the years there have been many proud moments in Andrew's career. The list of stars & personalities he has worked with reads like a 'who's who of showbiz'.

From appearances before British Royalty to Arabian Sheik's, appearing in films, on television, in theatre & cabaret shows from London's West End to Luxury cruise liners from the grand scale of the Brit Awards London arena to the intimate cabaret of seaside hotels - no venue is too big or too small. Performing with:-

Harry Hill - Geraldine Chaplin - Mark Lamarr - Carol Lawrence - John Inman
Erasure - Robbie Williams - Jeremy Beadle - Ken Dodd - Roy Hudd
Little & Large - Cannon & Ball - Ted Rogers - Bucks Fizz - The Nolan Sisters
Craig Douglas & Sarah Brightman - Lulu - Paul O'Grady (Lilly Savage)
Konnie Huq, Paul Daniels & Debbie McGee, Jim Davidson, Gethin Jones
Three years touring in Danny La Rue's "Good Olde Days" Theatre Show

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Other Highlights in Andrew's career include:


Proudly representing Great Britain at WORLD EXPO in Saville Spain before HRH PRINCE CHARLES & the late PRINCESS DIANA.

Proudly entertaining the stars at the prestigious BRIT AWARDS in the London Arena.

Spinning 64 porcelain china plates at the "Association for Science Education" 2001 conference recorded by Meridian television.

Creating "Ancient & Modern" act, For Blackpool Tower Circus.

Performing at the Commonwealth Games 2002 Manchester opening celebrations.

Making the New JAGUAR XJ Magically appear.

National Health Service Blood Campaign "PLATELET DONORS" with Falklands War Veteran SIMON WESTON - CINEMA ADVERT - BLOOD CENTRE VIDEO - TV ADVERT.

Three consecutive years joining the stars of top television soap "Coronation Street" in their hugely successful grand gala theatre shows.

Involving the stars of "Coronation Street" in illusions.

Making Peter Kay - star of Cult TV comedy "Phoenix Nights" appear as if by magic - centre stage - complete with his cup of tea!

Made a Member of the Inner Magic Circle as a Gold Star performer.

Becoming a member of The Grand Order of Water Rats.
Website is available here www.gowr.net

Created & Performed Magic Around the World Illusion spectacular in Blackpool Tower Circus

Presented Spiegeltent Magic Dinner Show Dubai UAE

Circus of Aladdin show Sharjah UAE

Becoming one of only a few worldwide members of the Inner Magic Circle



Appearing in a grand array of venues including:

The Royal Albert Hall London, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wembley Arena, NEC, Earls Court, Blackpool Tower Circus, & regularly at the City Varieties theatre Leeds.

Outside the UK, tours have included many of the European countries, including a recent appearance at the huge Rhine Summer Show Germany.

With extensive World Cruises for P&O and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Even taking the plate spinning routine to Cabaret venues in the Greek Islands.



TV guest appearences include:

· BBC - JIM DAVIDSON'S GENERATION GAME · BBC - THE GRAND
· LWT - CILLA BLACK'S MOMENT OF TRUTH · SKY - THE FAMILY CHANNEL LAUNCH
· BBC - THE DES O'CONNOR SHOW · MERIDIAN - NEWS FEATURES ASE 2001
· PLAY UK - JUDGE JULES SPIN CITIES · BBC - THE MONEY PROGRAMME
· BBC - BLUE PETER · CH 4 - THE BIG BREAKFAST
· ITV - ANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY · ITV2 - ANT AND DEC'S BANGED UP WITH BEADLE
· BBC - MONEY PROGRAM ENRON SPECIAL · BBC - EVERY HOME SHOULD HAVE ONE
· BBC - NOEL EDMONDS TELLY YEARS with HENRY COOPER, MARTY WILDE, PAUL ROSS.
· BBC - THE BANKS THAT ROBBED THE WORLD, ENRON / WORLDCOM
· BBC - BLOOD DONOR CAMPAIGN ADVERT
· CBBC - BEST OF FRIENDS
· CHARLOTTE CHURCH 'CALL MY NAME' MUSIC VIDEO
· ITV - INTERACTIVE GAME SHOW, THE MINT
· LIVING TV - CELEBRITY FOUR WEDDINGS
· ITV - ITV PLAY ADVERTISEMENT
· UAE TV - Dubai One
· UAE TV - Sharjah Television
· ITV - Association for Science Education conference news items
· CINEMA ADVERT - Falklands Veteran Simon Weston's Platelet Donor campaign
· THE DUEL OF HEARTS for Lord Lew Grade & Dame Barbara Cartland

Now On Sale
The Van Buren Story

A complete DVD documentary charting the history of this unique showbusiness family.

Over two hours of interviews, stories, laughs, guests, cine & video footage, television appearances, hundreds of photographs, footage of their big production magic illusion shows around the world, behind the scenes, the workshops & prop building. Theatre shows, behind the cruise ships & even an appearance by singer Robbie Williams. The DVD has received rave reviews world wide. The regular comment is "we watched twice".

Special introduction by television comedy actor Roy Hudd OBE.

Produced by professor Ray Johnson MBE - Staffordshire Film Archive.
This is a must for anyone with an interest in showbusiness, magic circus, theatre, entertainment & history.

The Van Buren Story DVD is available from:
www.filmarchive.org.uk/staffordshire-dvds/van-buren.htm


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Further details contact Van Buren Organisation
Telephone +44 (0)1782 611954 Or via e-mail avanburen@aol.com