Background

Magician, illusionist, escapologist, showman and more – Andrew Van Buren grew up touring the world with his parents’ illusion show, appearing in theatre, cabaret, on film sets, studios and in circus. His first time on stage was actually at six weeks old – in the Great Room Grosvenor House, London. This allowed Andrew to serve a childhood apprenticeship within the entertainment industry before branching out into performing his own act at a very young age.

magician Andrew Van Buren

Working in amazing shows with his parents, who were magician illusionists, Andrew experienced life in summer seasons, on film sets, and touring around the world. Andrew then at a young age took the step to launch his own career, worked his way up developing his circus skills act as an alternative to the family trade of magician and illusionist. Gaining his own experience and always retaining a love of showbusiness history, whilst constantly looking towards the future. Andrew then took over performing the magic and illusions, taking on the role of magician and illusionist but with the addition of quality specialty act circus skills. When combined creating something totally new, the illusion show with a twist.

Continuing the creativity of his family Andrew has over the years developed new shows, effects and uniquely combined his family skills of magic and illusions with his own “circus skills” of trick cycling, juggling and escapology. Andrew also regularly appears on television, notably as a ‘Gameshow expert’ performing his famous plate spinning routines – with real plates! This allowed Andrew to establish himself as a provider of unique entertainment that appeals to all ages.

Affiliations

Andrew is a Gold Star Member of The Inner ‘Magic Circle’, also ‘Association of Independent Showmen’, Equity and the charity organisation ‘The Grand Order of Water Rats’ as well as part of the European Parliaments Judging Committee for the Big Top Label Award system.

Andrew tours the world with his partner Allyson Ford Van Buren who is a performer in her own right. Allyson is not only a trained dancer, choreographer and make-up artist, also when working with larger companies of ‘assistants’ Allyson is the show’s head girl and magic “box jumper” often revolving the role as magician. Allyson is a proud member of the Charity Organisation ‘The Grand Order of Lady Ratlings’, also Equity.

magician Andrew Van Buren

magician Andrew Van Buren

A few notable appearances and projects

  • Numerous theatre tours, festivals, shows and summer season appearances
  • Performing at The Brit Awards, the Royal Albert Hall, Commonwealth Games, Glastonbury Festival and West End Theatres
  • Presenting their Cabaret, Big Top and themed Spiegeltent shows in the Middle East, Blackpool Tower Circus plus hotels and top venues
  • Plus fifteen years headlining on luxury Cruise Liners around the world

Often performing with a diverse range of names. From contemporary performers including Harry Hill, Peter Kay, Paul O Grady, Johnny Vegas, Sherrie Hewson, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Lorraine Kelly and Richard Osman, to touring with variety veterans Danny La Rue, John Inman, Cannon & Ball, Hinge & Bracket, Little & Large, Ken Dodd and many more. Also regularly appearing on stage in special Celebrity shows with the cast of award winning television ‘Soap’ Coronation Street.

Television

Hundreds of repeated television appearances, often as the game show plate spinner, include Stephen Mulhern’s Get Your Act Together with Sherrie Hewson, Blue Peter (three times), Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The Generation Game (three times), Judge Jules Spin Cities (all episodes), The Slammer (Series 1 to 3 opening sequence), Cilla Black’s Moment of Truth (twice), Noel Edmonds Telly Years, Extreme Cake Makers plus many more, including films, music videos and adverts to name just a few.

magician Andrew Van Buren

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Royalty

  • Andrew has performed for the Dubai and Sharjah UAE Royal Families.
  • Represented Great Britain at World Expo in Seville Spain before HRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
  • Unveiled a monument to Philip Astley the father of modern circus in Monte Carlo with The Monaco Royal Family.
  • Took part in the Water Rats Gala Evening held in Buckingham Palace – where Andrew and Allyson were introduced to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip.

Special Projects

As well as keeping busy performing Andrew has advised on several television and theatre shows, productions and tours, including Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar. Numerous productions of Barnum the Musical and The Rocky Horror Show. Houdini the Play theatre tour with BAFTA award winning actor, producer, writer, director Stuart Brennan and ‘Harry Potter’ actress Evanna Lynch. Also New Vic Theatre’s hugely popular  Astley’s Astounding Adventures.

Andrew has also originated, created and is involved in several varied external projects. The recent largest impacting, that he is director of, is the Philip Astley Project, celebrating the historic and cultural legacy of Philip Astley – the military hero who created the circus. This project resulted in collaborations with the V&A Museum, plus universities and scholars around the world, creating exhibitions, talks, symposiums, shows, films, plays, plus a number of public art installations.

During 2018 Andrew along with HSH Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie of Monaco unveiled a monument in Monte Carlo to the Original Ringmaster Philip Astley.

Further details of the Philip Astley Project, the working committee and collaborations can be found here .

For more details about Andrew’s parents Fred Van Buren and Greta and life growing up in showbusiness, look at the fascinating Family History Page