‘A Lifetime in Showbusiness’

Andrew Van Buren 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.

lectures and talks

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.

The story covers how Andrew first learnt about Philip Astley, who Astley was, then with the growing awareness that town centres 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 and disappointments. 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 good will gestures and teamwork.

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 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.

lectures and talks

lectures and talks

‘Andrew Van Buren’s My Magic Life’

Aimed at both fans and aficionados of magic and illusions. Andrew Van Buren tells tales of life behind the scenes of a grand scale illusion show. Follow the highs and lows, technical aspects, 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.

Venues

Andrew has presented his talks, lectures and inspirational speeches in various venues from Parliament, Westminster, London to Monte Carlo, Monaco.

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

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