Circus Incognitus

If you’re after an easy-to-watch family show, then Circus Incognitus may just be what you’re looking for. Jamie Adkins’ performance combines vaudeville comedy with magic and circus skills. The audience were reduced to laughter with his entertaining character, but the real stars of this show are Adkins’ conjuring ability.

Although entertaining, at an hour it was possibly a little too long

Adkins is a very accomplished performer and his tricks are both imaginative and interactive. The audience really came to life during the orange act where they got to throw oranges at him and he then caught them on the end of a fork. The show is very varied and appeals to all ages – it’s cleverly put together and does not just feeling like you are moving from one trick to the other.

The show takes place in a very large venue and although the space was used well, I think the high stage may have impeded the interaction with the audience. I also found Adkins’ vaudeville character as a little off putting and distracting from the real skill of the show. Having said that, the character was over-exaggerated and silly so the children in the audience loved it.

Although entertaining, at an hour it was possibly a little too long. I found that I could have lost concentration as some of the tricks started to become a little repetitive. There were some very good moments in the show, but unfortunately some aspects of the performance lacked this level of entertainment. 

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Jamie Adkins is a performer in the vaudeville tradition of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. With no hi-tech distractions, his irresistible character heroically battles with the everyday objects of life, permanently on the verge of disaster… moving but hilarious. He treats the audience as a partner and as a result, the show is fresh and keeps everyone enthralled and on the edge of their seats. Hundreds of performances in 22 countries and everywhere he goes, the public, adults and children alike, laugh out loud at the humour and marvel at the multi-talented performance of Jamie in Circus Incognitus.

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