Background

Magician, illusionist, escapologist 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

After working with his parents in amazing shows, summer seasons and tours, Andrew took the step to launch his own career, worked his way up with his own circus skills act, gaining his own experience and always retaining a love of showbusiness history, whilst constantly looking towards the future.

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 new “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!

Affiliations

Andrew is a Gold Star Member of The Inner ‘Magic Circle’, also ‘Association of Independent Showmen’ 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 who is 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”. Allyson is a 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.

Television

Hundreds of repeated television appearances include Blue Peter (three times), Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Judge Jules Spin Cities, Cilla Black’s Moment of Truth (twice), Noel Edmonds Telly Years, The Generation Game (three times), Stephen Mulhern’s Get Your Act Together with Sherrie Hewson, Extreme Cake Makers plus many more including 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 created and is Director of several varied external projects, the recent largest impacting 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, 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 his life growing up in showbusiness, look at the fascinating ‘Family History Page’.