Top Hat Side Show



Fee from: $1600  
CREDITS: Festival tour throughout Eastern USA in 2013, countless corporate clients

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A show unlike any other, the Top Hat Side Show takes the one-of-a-kind spectacle of the circus sideshow and introduces it to a whole new market. For the first time, elegant galas, corporate events and family festivals can enjoy a sophisticated portrayal of some of the most death-defying and mystical performing arts found anywhere.

Combining high energy fire arts, spectacular circus acts, mind-bending illusions and seemingly impossible sideshow demonstrations, the Top Hat Side Show stretches the imagination, and inspires audiences to question the limits of human achievement.


Unless specifically requested, the Top Hat Side Show is always performed in a family-friendly, corporate-appropriate style. When the audience demographic is known in advance, we can refine the show to better suit their exact preferences. Many of the same acts are used, but the presentations vary from group to group. Here are some examples:

Top Hat School Show
When performing for students (elementary through high school) we can add an educational component to the show. While demonstrating a variety of unique acts, we draw attention to the physics, psychology, and mathematics involved in the acts, as well as providing a history of the rich circus and sideshow culture around the world. This is a very popular choice for school assemblies, since the show is equally fun, inspiring, and educational for students of all ages.

Top Hat Cirque Show
By removing the sideshow element and adding aerials and acrobatics, the Top Hat Side Show becomes a colorful journey into modern circus arts. Stunning silks and other aerial acts are available indoors and even outside with the use of our stand-alone aerial rig.

Top Hat Adult Show
Clients looking for a more risqué show may consider this option. In addition to the comedy in the show turning towards the adult side, a burlesque dancer can be added to the show, which adds the desired spice without losing the elegance and class of the production.

Top Hat Horror Show
Great for "dark carnival" or Halloween events, the Horror version of the Top Hat Side Show features a horrifying "Nightmare Clown" illusionist, performing grotesque illusions and otherwise disturbing the audience. The sideshow acts are also intensified, creating a gut-wrenching yet still awe-inspiring spectacle.


The Top Hat Sideshow is completely customizable to fit any event, and can be choreographed to any length from two hours or more down to even just a single 3 minute act. The standard three-performer show is approximately 60 minutes, and the four-performer version of the show is typically 75-90 minutes in length. For clients looking for multiple shows in a single day, we can arrange the show into multiple shorter shows to reduce or eliminate repeated acts.


The three-performer version of the Top Hat Side Show includes more than 25 different acts, and features an illusionist and two variety artists specializing in various sideshow, fire, and circus acts. Upon request, we can customize the show by adding or replacing different performance styles, creating the perfect show for any event. Clients may choose any of our available acts to add to the show; please visit the available acts page for samples of the most popular acts. Shows can be scheduled with any number of performers, from a small single-performer show to a full-scale stadium production featuring dozens of performers.

Strolling Entertainment

In addition to the show itself, the Top Hat Side Show performers are also available before and after the event to provide roving acts throughout the event. Before the show, the performers can entertain while also adding hype and excitement for the upcoming production. After the show the performers can keep the high-energy atmosphere while giving guests a chance to meet the performers and ask questions.

For longer events, performers can be scheduled for multiple shows with strolling in between sets, creating a continuous block of entertainment.


Though typically performed in a classic and elegant Victorian style, the Top Hat Sideshow can be tailored to fit many different event themes. Popular alternate themes include:

Mardi Gras
Fire & Ice
Horror / Dark Carnival

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