Circus has been gaining popularity in recent years and is a fantastic addition to any entertainment line-up. Circus performers add an element of wonder and magic to an event, bringing you and your guests in to a world where anything is possible.
‘Contemporary circus’ is a move towards circus focused on character and skills more than on spectacle, so instead of tentfuls of flamboyant ringmasters and tame big cats, acts may present brilliant acrobatic and artistic feats tied together by a story or theme, and a character focus is part of what makes it so spectacular. An act might take any twist or turn, and can adopt any theme.
What is your point of difference from other entertainers?
We are more than just a costume, and perform in a physical, fun and engaging way with a circus twist. You might see backflips, mime or unicycle, and we focus on themed characters that cleverly tie in with your event. Rowan has an incredible way with children and never forgets a name or face, and all our performers are incredibly passionate about the Circus Arts, and are professionally circus trained or similar, ie one of our performers is a world class trampolinist!
Our Values: POSITIVITY – RESPECT – CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT – HIGH ENERGY ACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT – LAUGHTER
“Selling the product of circus by combining exceptional circus skills, character and storytelling to capture the wonder and exceed the expectations of our clients and their guests.”
Circus In A Flash offers a wide range of entertainment options for corporate events, stage performances, roving entertainment, store openings, brand promotion, birthday parties, workshops, festivals and family entertainment for school and church events. We work to your theme and audience. Skills include unicyling, character work (comedy, clowning, mime and audience interaction), acrobatics (tumbling, table sliding, chair stacking, slapstick and acro-balance) object balance, juggling and rola-bola
We also have a range of fun add-on products and services like party favors, balloons, face painters… just let us know how we can help make your party easy and awesome!
How soon do I need to book?
As soon as possible! Sometimes people book a year ahead to get the date they want; sometimes we take a booking the night before. Weekends, holidays and the summer season are very busy and get booked up early, but a growing trend is for after-school parties which work really well.
How can I plan entertainment into my party?
Please make sure you allow enough time for your guests to have arrived before our booking begins. We usually recommend having your entertainment start 30 mins after your arrival time, so guests arrive, grab a snack and say hi then are straight into the action. We will arrive promptly at the agreed time and will call to notify you we are ready. Many parents like to finish with cutting the cake which is a great photo opportunity and leads into sitting down for food etc well. Please wait to serve food so the flow of the show and our connection with the kids is not interrupted.
The other option would be to serve food first, and then have the performer arrive as they finish eating so they are ready for action. A photo opportunity at the end of our time is a great way to wrap up and we can even help to bring out the cake!
How do you keep the kids interested?
Our entertainment is fast-paced and full of action to keep guests enthralled throughout. Your child can be the star, and volunteers help to perform tricks in the show. Lots of audience participation gets the kids involved which really draws them in and holds their attention.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for the entertainer?
Yes, please allocate a flat space with a minimum of a standard ceiling height for us to perform and do our show, taller is better for a more dynamic show. Roughly a 5×5 metre space is best left clear our show. It’s also best for the audience to be situated in the shade (if outside) and a wet-weather location inside available just in case.
What if we want you to stay longer?
If your guests can’t get enough and you want us to stay on please pull us aside and see whether we have time available to stay longer, we can let you know what the additional charge if applicable.
What ages are your parties suitable for?
We have different characters and can change our performances to suit the age and personality of your guests. Our Superheroes and Pirate are awesome for high energy kids up to around 7 years of age, and our Clown suits a wide audience of ages 1-6. These parties can be altered to ‘Learn Circus Workshops’ for older kids (up to 15 years old) that really want to join in and can even be run for adults and Team Building events (see next question for more). Little kids from 1-4 years will love our Lion and Explorer characters great for Jungle and Animal themed parties. We have many characters so take a look and let us know your ideas!
What is a Circus School Workshop Party?
Strong Man Stan’s workshop-style parties give your guests a hands on experience with juggling, plate spinning, Diablo, acrobatics and maybe even a taster on a unicycle or tightwire. Workshops are also available for adults as team building activities, just call or email us for more details. For longer bookings a performance and a show and tell ending can be built in for extra fun.
What is roving/walk-about entertainment?
This is popular style of entertainment where performers spontaneously “walk-about” your event, strolling through the crowd meeting and greeting guests interacting with them and performing mini shows. This kind of performer is great on arrival at functions, creating atmosphere in a crowd, and entertaining during wait periods and queuing, and is also ideal for malls, balls and festivals.
What about corporate entertainment?
Our next level of entertainment features awe-inspiring performances on either our fully portable Aerial Rig which is adjustable to different heights depending on your stage or area, or we can perform ground-based acts, artfully choreographed to music, usually 5-20 minutes in length. These acts can be incorporated and themed into your presentation, or one that we create for you. Certain acts can be performed to music of your choice if necessary.
Are you available to perform outside of the Auckland area?
Absolutely. We now have a base in Tauranga too so there is no additional travel cost in these centres and it is cheaper for the surrounding towns including Rotorua, Whakatane, Taupo, Hamilton, Matamata, Cambridge etc. We even have performers in the Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Christchurch, the list goes on! We are always happy to quote, and are often travelling through areas like Hamilton which can help make travel fees more affordable. Just ask!
Do you offer Balloon Twisting?
We offer this service as additions to our parties, there are a few different ways balloons can complement your party:
Premade balloon creations – these are pre-twisted creations like swords and flowers bought to your party for handing out after the show – up to 25 kids: $50 / or up to 50 kids: $80
Balloon Twisting Master at your party – $160 per hour
For big parties or events 100+ kids – $200 per hour
Do you have Face Painters available?
We offer this service as additions to our parties, there are a few different ways face & body artists can complement your party:
Your character face painting – included in the time of your party, just enquire
Face Painter – $140 per hour
Face & body artist $160 per hour which is more for larger or evening events
Do you work with people with special needs?
Certainly, we believe that circus arts should be available to everyone of all age and ability. Rowan has extensive experience working with both special/high needs children and adults as well as drug and alcohol affected youth. We understand that each audience and guest is unique and the sensitive way we perform always reflects that. We also have special apparatus for use in workshops that give even the most restricted individuals a sense of achievement and pride. Please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can tailor our shows and workshops to your requirements.
What is your Code of Conduct or Health & Saftey Policy?
Our Code of Conduct has been adapted from the UK Equity Children’s Entertainer version and we also have a Health & Saftey document all our performers follow, have had training in and some helped to write.
- Reliable: Be there ready at the prescribed time and place, know and ensure a good job will be done.
- Professional: Selecting the best entertainers in the area based on skill level, experience and suitability. Professional and family friendly in attitude, costume, skill and character work – More than just a costume.
- Safe: Our police vetted performers are trained and supported to work safely and proactively to manage hazards, with well maintained quality costumes and props, and Public Liability Insurance.
- Value for money: With responsible, fair rates and terms. We pay our performers with a fair and generous pay rate that recognises their individual expertise and profession.
- Knowledgeable: Of children and the craft of entertaining them, adaptability to audience types, location, weather etc. Knowledge of what works well at events. Committed to continual improvement in all aspects.
- Clear: Offer a written confirmation, receipt for payment, and message on arrival so the host is clear. Guidance through the booking process and ensuring a great overall experience.
- Passionate: Be the best in what we do and provide great experiences for our performers and clients, otherwise why do it!
For full details you may request a copy of our documents, just ask. We are also happy to supply a RAMS form (Risk Assessment and Method Statement).
How do we pay?
Payment is required before the party to secure the booking via internet banking, cash or cheque, and we now also accept PayPal so credit cards are welcome! We can email you an invoice which acts as your receipt, and has all payment details, as well as a link to PayPal on it. Feel free to contact us with no obligations.
We look forward to helping you make your event unforgettable!
What is your cancellation policy?
Postponed events may attract an additional 50% fee as we are reserving the time of our contractors for your event if less than 3 days notice given (Oct-Jan bookings 7 days).
We have a 100% payment fee for cancelled events if less than 48 hours notice given, if more than 48 hours notice we may offer you a partial credit note for a future booking.