Performer, plate spinner, illusionist and showman Andrew Van Buren is now recognised as one of the World’s leading plate spinning performance experts who actually uses real breakable, porcelain and china plates.

As a plate spinner Andrew brings the almost lost retro art of plate spinning into the 21st Century. All performed with a show stopping, attention grabbing and fast paced modern approach. Always creating nail biting excitement and tension for its audiences.

With vast experience, professionalism and expertise, the emphasis is always on adaptability, reliability and entertainment.

Often rebooked the plate spinning is a real favourite and show talking point.

Plate Spinning Formats:

Indoor Variety Show

As a “what’s coming next” surprise the plate spinning routine is presented as part of a full fast paced variety show package, combined with circus skills including juggling, escapology, unicycle, and Andrew Van Buren’s unique magic and illusions.

Circus skills act

As a standalone act the platespinning can be worked on its own or combined performance with unicycle and juggling skills. This platespinner routine works as an act or second spot within a show.

Team building

The team building exercise creates the perfect opportunity to develop team work through plate spinning as well as individual ability. The team become the plate spinners and performers with breakable or non-breakable plates.

Corporate Business Sales and Lecture Aid

A number of years ago Andrew created the plate spinning metaphor for keeping a ‘balance between home life and business’ to dramatically illustrate and drive home key points in conferences, conventions and workplaces. Often spinning plates timed to corporate CEO and management scripts, with each spinning plate representing “sales points”, “key targets”, “motivational aims”, “keeping a balance”, “multi-tasking”, “spin doctoring” and “smashing sales targets”. For that added touch we can spin branded and logo plates of your choice.


Andrew Van Buren’s plate spinner appearances on hundreds of television shows have ensured a track record of filming reliability and safety conscious precision even when plate smashing is needed. This has made Andrew the experienced go to man for TV adverts, photo shoots and shows, particularly gameshows, with the presenters and contestants having a go, often with smashing results.

Andrew Van Buren plate spinning with Stephen Mulhern and Sherrie Hewson

plate spinner Van Buren on Blue Peter

Television featured guest appearances include:

  • Summerill and Bishop. 2022 – 2023 Advertising campaign. Rainbow Heart Plates – Spun with Love. Watch Clip
  • Ch 4. Grand Designs. Kevin McCloud plate spinning stunt double. (Chess Valley Episode 2022). Watch on Ch 4 on demand
  • Ch 4. Extreme Cake Makers – Extreme Philip Astley Circus Cake (Series 4 Episode 8 2019). Watch on Ch4 on demand
  • BBC. Generation Game. With Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Loraine Kelly and Richard Osman (2018).  Watch Clip
  • ITV. Get Your Act Together. With Stephen Mulhern and Sherrie Hewson.  Watch Clip
  • ITV. Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Morrisons Ident adverts (off camera control of spinning Pizzas).  Watch Clip
  • BBC. Behind the scenes of the Breakfast News Studio Interactive 360° Special. With Bill Turnbull, Louise Minchin, Steph McGovern, Sally Nugent and Carol Kirkwood. Watch Clip
  • CBBC. Blue Peter. With Konnie Huq, Zoe Salmon, Gethin Jones. Andy Akinwolere. (Low resolution) Watch Clip
  • BBC. Shooting Stars – The Angelos Epithemiou Show.  (Advisor) with Dan Renton Skinner.
  • UAE TV. Dubai One. Behind the scenes Special.
  • UAE TV. Sharjah Television – Living TV Special.
  • BBC. Generation Game, Pilot with Paul O Grady.
  • CBBC. The Slammer. ‘Title Sequence’ from Series One to Four.
  • CBBC. Blue Peter. With Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, Matt Baker, Liz Barker, Zoe Salmon.
  • CBBC. Best of Friends. With Michael Absalom.
  • BBC 2. Every Home Should Have One. History of the kitchen episode.
  • ITV. Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – Banged up with Jeremy Beadle Challenge.
  • ITV 2. Ant & Dec’s Banged up with Beadle Special.
  • ITV. CDUK. Charlotte Church. Call My Name.
  • UK TV. Play UK. Judge Jules Spin Cities. Opening sequence and links for the full series.
  • ITV. The Grand. Plate spinning  and juggler performer.
  • ITV Play. Series of Channel Launch Adverts.
  • LWT. Moment of Truth. With Cilla Black – Appearing in two series.
  • BBC. The Money Programme. Enron Scandal Special.
  • BBC. The Money Programme Worldcom exposé TV Special.
  • BBC. The Money Programme. The Banks That Broke The World Special.
  • ITV Sky Living. Celebrity Four Weddings. Featured Guest Performing.
  • ITV and ITV Play. The Mint. Quiz Show (Appearing on three separate episodes).
  • ITV 2. The Mint and Mint Extra gameshows. With Brian Dowling and Beverley French.
  • National Health Service Advertising Campaign.
  • BBC. Blood Donor Campaign Advert ‘Spinning platelets’.
  • Cinema Advert. Platelet Donor Campaign. With Falklands Veteran Simon Weston.
  • SKY. The Family Channel Launch adverts and event news items.
  • Music Video. Charlotte Church. ‘Call My Name’.
  • BBC. The Generation Game with Jim Davidson.
  • Ch 4. The Big Breakfast. With Johnny Vaughan, Kelly Brook and Richard Bacon.
  • BBC. Noel Edmonds Telly Years. With Noel Edmonds, Henry Cooper, Marty Wilde, Paul Ross.
  • BBC. The Des O’Connor Show. With Des O’Connor and Erasure.
  • ITV. Association for Science Education conference. Adverts and TV news stories.
  • Habitat. Advertising campaign adverts.
  • ITV. City of Culture Adverts. (Three different television adverts).
  • BBC. Blue Peter. With Yvette Fielding, John Leslie, Diane Louise Jordan. Live via satellite from Seville Spain.
  • Ariston. Ariston and on. Advertising campaign and corporate film.

Plus more including multiple TV news items, features, interviews and ‘skill stunt doubling’ as well as online appearances, films and interviews.

Andrew Van Buren plate spinning appearances include cabaret venues, theatres, television studios, cruise ships, Spiegeltent dinner shows, on set and on location.

If you have any questions then please contact Andrew to discuss your ideas and technical details.

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