‘A Lifetime in Showbusiness’

Andrew Van Buren in this lecture and talk recounts the story of growing up touring the world with his showbusiness parents. From spending time in the Muppet Studios, to travelling into the frozen north of Sweden.

This fascinating story follows Andrew’s childhood through to branching out with his own shows, leading to further adventures around the world. Sharing tales of life behind the scenes of cruise ships, backstage in theatres, life on circus, also behind and in front of the camera lens in television and film studios. Hear about Andrew’s encounters with danger, dictators, celebrities and royalty. The lecture duration is flexible.

Presented either live presentation or online via video conferencing.

The illustrated lecture features unique film footage, photographs, show posters and a glimpse at behind the scenes.

Find out more about Andrew Van Buren in the Biography section.

Andrew Van Buren lectures and talks

Andrew Van Buren lectures and talks

‘Philip Astley and Me’

The inspiring story of Andrew Van Buren’s personal quest to resurrect awareness of Philip Astley – Military Hero, Original Ringmaster and Father of Modern Circus.

This lecture and talk explains how Andrew first learnt about Philip Astley, who Astley was, the betrayal of 1992, then from 2009 the growing awareness that town centers need more than just shops to bring people in – could Philip Astley be the lifeline to his birthplace, the market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire?

The illustrated talk takes you on the incredible journey, with successes, disappointments and surprises. You really won’t believe the scale that this story takes and amazing inspiring thread of perseverance. Bringing people together from around the world, including the unveiling of a plaque by HSH Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie in Monte Carlo. Culminating in an incredible outpouring of heart warming good will gestures and teamwork with the creation of the Philip Astley Project.

The lecture duration is flexible.

Presented either live presentation or online via video conferencing.

The illustrated lecture features unique film footage, photographs and a glimpse at behind the scenes.

You can find more details on Philip Astley here.

‘An Evening With…’

This lecture and talk takes the format of a sit down interview conversation between Andrew Van Buren and his invited guest.

Previous “Evenings With…” include Carol Gandey of Gandeys World Class Productions discussing “The Business of Circus”, Charlie Cairoli discussing life as the son of a World Famous Clown, Professor Vanessa Toulmin “Ladies of Circus” and Fred Van Buren “Showbiz that Woz”.

The ‘Evenings With…’ Theme, Format and Duration are flexible, as is the guest list.

Best as a live presentation.

The illustrated interview often features unique film footage, photographs and a glimpse at behind the scenes.

Andrew Van Buren lectures and talks with Charlie Cairoli

Andrew Van Buren lectures and talks corporate events

‘Andrew Van Buren’s My Magic Life’

This lecture and talk is aimed at both fans and aficionados of magic, illusions and show business. Andrew Van Buren tells of growing up in showbusiness. With tales of how to be a magician and illusionist, showmanship, cabaret shows, theatre tours, film, television shows, cruise ships and life behind the scenes of touring a grand scale illusion show.

Hear about and follow the highs and lows, technical aspects, history, triumphs and a few horror stories along the way. The lecture duration is flexible.

Presented either live presentation or online via video conferencing.

The illustrated lecture features unique film footage, photographs and a glimpse at behind the scenes.

Read more about Andrew and his family in the Family History section.

‘Education and Motivation’

Regularly speaking in a motivational capacity within school class room and assemblies for all ages from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4 plus College / Sixth Form and Higher Education. Also lecturing with question and answer sessions for students of performing arts, offering guidance on all aspects of the entertainment industry. These talks are often combined with Van Buren Circus Skills Workshops to encourage both mental and physical learning.

Venues

Andrew has appeared as guest speaker and keynote speaker presenting his inspirational speeches, lectures and talks in various venues from London Science Museum to Houses of Parliament Westminster London and Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Within Academic institutes of Higher Education Andrew has lectured for the University of Bahia Brazil, Manchester Metropolitan University, Keele University and Staffordshire University among others.

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