Planning; a company fun day, a brand awareness event, a staff party or a motivational team-building event?
Booking: circus acts, hands-on activities, theme decor or circus tents?
Supplying; Bigtopmania have all the in-house skills and equipment to provide an amazing circus experience for your employees, clients or for brand promotional activity.
Here we describe a recent event and have posted some fabulous images from Red Chilli Photography, taken in Sept 2015, at Bovey Castle in Devon for one of their client companies , illustrating a sample of what we can do for you.
Working with Catherine, the venue event manager, our event brief was to provide a few hours of light hearted ice breaking entertainment. We tailored our input to the given budget and the venue provided extra catering and a few small activities on top. The guests were on an overnight stay with dinner dance, networking and more.
On this occasion, apart from the beautiful castle, hotel and golf course location, we focused our part of the day on a tent we call “Dorothy”, one of our circus tents suitable for aerial acts.
(Note: we have an extensive range of circus tents for hire and on other occasions, with a big top as the main venue, smaller marquees can be linked to create a tent village with an exciting atmosphere to keep your guests engaged.)
Event Brief format;
meet and greet guests.
have a mini circus parade to the activity location,
provide a show
then hands on activity,
fuelled by circus theme snacks and drinks.
No pressure to join in or try things but with a big range of activities on hand to try from plate spinning to knife throwing; they did!
Meet and Greet Acts;
Kris on CYR WHEEL,
Els on STILT-WALKING,
Polly on HULA HOOPING,
(Ring mastering was done by client team leaders!)
Circus Show Team;
Elanor on juggling and aerial silks to provide some circus wow.
Polly; providing a funky hula hoop performance as well as invaluable circus workshop experience after the show.
Audience; Volunteers for trapeze act and knife throwers assistant!
All of this was masterminded and ring-mastered by Peteza with a crowd thrilling knife throwing act and plenty of perfect audience participation to give the employees plenty of good memories to take back to the office.
Hands On Activities / Circus-skills;
guests could indulge in after the show:
tightrope and slack-line
unicycling and wobbly wheels
trapeze and aerial hoop
target knife throwing
Corporate Event Circus Video
Below is a short video of the day.
Which was of course rounded off with a fire eating/ juggling / swirling show in the evening!
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The Megaball is not a stupendous Venetian party nor a chance to win millions on the lottery but definitely an exceptional opportunity to have a huge amount of fun.
If you have not yet seen our Giant Megaballs in action and haven’t read a previous post about them, here are some self explanatory photos and links to videos that should do the trick and have you yearning to play.
These images are some of the megaball action found mainly in the Kid’s fields at events this summer 2015 like Rewind Festival, Shambala Festival, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Splendour Festival and Common People not to mention all the Lets Rock events..
I kid you not: they are giant balls of mega fun.
Mega Ball-Pits or Mega Ball Arenas = Mega Event Attraction!
We have a fair few of them and can create special MegaBall-Pits; Arenas with all sorts of ball sizes from toddler size to more than adult size… remember the giant beach balls are 9ft tall !
Imagine loads of mega balls… in huge arena… we can do it!
We have a specialism in providing a unique range of hands on entertainment and family entertainment at events across the country. We deliberately seek out a unique range of entertainment resources and these Megaballs are at the Giant end of the fun activity stable.
Here we are not talking about plastic spinning plates but real China!
He is one of the few UK performing plate spinners and together we can have a smashing time!
I only want to quickly talk about the act itself and move on to last weeks (end Feb 2015) plate spinning work at Edinburgh University.
Oftentimes it’s performed as a comedy plate spinning act involving lots of clowning; other times it may be a typical circus variety type presentation.
Circus Variety Plate Spinning Act.
You know the one… sequined circus artist rushing backwards and forwards placing and spinning the plates on tall sticks aligned in a row, tweaking and speeding up the wobbly plates before they stop spinning and fall.
Comedy China Plate Spinning.
I prefer the clowning route as you can add more comedy with falling plates, far too tall sticks, bendy sticks, breaking sticks, and odd this like paper plates, juggling plates, plate manipulation tricks and a much much more. Laughs and skills combined.
Team-Building and Corporate Analogies with Plate Spinning.
As a real china plate spinner, I have presented real China plate spinning acts for many different scenarios from pure circus entertainment in circus tents, parties, shows, Greek nights, Butlins etc to corporate presentations with the typical analogy of “how on Earth do you keep doing so many different tasks at the same time?”… Keeping all the plates spinning. Here’s a business Leadership Analogy I have found on the web.
I have used plate spinning in training sessions, team building, exhibition stands, I have taught Microsoft graduate trainees, used plate spinning in training video for Arriva Buses; Over the years so many different places.
There is more information and photographs of PeteZa’s various spinning plates scenarios and how to book a plate spinning act here.
I thought I’d done it all.
Till last week!
The Multi-Temporal Experience of Plate Spinning.
That was one topic in a great lecture entitled “The Random Lift and Other Algorithmic Stories”.
To be honest.. I’m still not sure what it means but I had great fun doing it!
Say that again?… China plate spinning during a university professors inaugural lecture!… Interesting!
Not knowing what it would involve, of course I said yes, flew up there, had a few days in Edinburgh and got on with it. (Thank you Flybe for allowing my plate spinning equipment on board, dismantled into a ski bag!)
Chris had previously done a lecture in Paris in 1999 accompanied by a performer with plastic plates….. Pah!
This time he wanted to up the ante and add to the drama and confusion.
The point was it would be difficult for me, the audience and himself to concentrate and achieve, just like real life. It would use multiple levels of brain activity.
Judging by the other topics in his lecture about connections, spacial concepts, random floor buttons in a lift, Internet and web algorithms, I think there was another very clever algorithm involved.
I didn’t hear much during the lecture as I was concentrating on performing, filming, taking photos, doing weird things, all in a far more random, arty way than normal. Very much conceptual and non-circus but also ending in all the plates being spun, coinciding with the end of his lecture. I think it worked very well and added to the dramatics of a very interesting and quirky lecture.
For posterity it’s now on the Edinburgh University Inaugural Lectures website and YouTube video database.
Edited Plate spinning section of Video to come! Or watch it in full here and learn something! ( plate spinning approx 35 mins into it from memory!)
So, if you have any normal or random requests for a plate spinner for your event or for real China plate spinning, or with plastic, or a combination give me a call!
Giant Footballs; 6 ft / 2m size bouncing kick power!
BUT WHY? What’s so good about them?
Why are we raving about the Giant MegaBall?
Put it this way..
A Giant MegaBall can withstand a lot!
The mega balls are made in Europe of thick inflatable material.
The big red is capable of supporting up to 300 kg!!
The big orange is capable of supporting up to 150 Kgs.
They are all tested in the Gymnic factory and made to EU standards.
You can bounce them, push them, roll them, climb on them, run at them, float them, get run over by them, levitate them, flip on to them, attack them! We have seen it all…. kids and adults try everything!
How many times do you see Massive GIANT Beach Balls?
The Giant inflatable beach balls, 3m diameter! Made in China, are more lightweight ( and can be popped more easily… but luckily repairable! ) as to be expected and very good for waterborne or aerial games like giant volleyball but still very capable of supporting children on top.
Believe me! Children and adults find every way possible to abuse the inflatables and have serious fun while they are doing it!
Learning about the planet!
The Inflatable globes are made in Germany and are super strong and very visual.
Learn where you are!
Here in Devon we are pumping up the world and now have the whole world on our doorstep; the whole world in his hands! On top of the world.. Enough!
They are fabulous add-ons to all our other hands on play activities, excellent in our festival kids play areas, great surprises during our theatre circus shows.
The Gymnic mega balls are massive compared to the usual gym balls but it’s great to have all sizes at the same time!
It doesn’t stop there! The best fun comes from team work.. Hence a great use in non-competitive co-operative games and team building activities.
Many hands make light work!
As with small gym balls found in gyms all over then world, the mega balls lend themselves to therapeutic use not only in the human world but also in the animal world, especially in the horse world!
Check out this YouTube horse meets mega ball video.
What’s the Risk with MegaBalls?
All events being different we / you have to dynamically assess the situation.
Climbing on them does mean you can fall off them!
(In fact the manufacturer doesn’t recommend climbing on them as you can fall of them…but hey! risk assess and do it carefully)
You don’t want any unsuspecting persons to be literally bowled over! (They will be when they see them!)
It’s up to the players, parents, children and supervisors to gauge the correct level of excitement and that depends on the aims and objectives as well as the location and abilities.
Avoid sharp objects!
Help each other!
Don’t always use them fully inflated.
I have to say; The increased fun is reflected in the initial cost of the things!
They really are not cheap toys.. they are EXPENSIVE! So don’t ever dare to burst them!
Can’t we just have some fun for once?
They make the kids go WOW!
They make the adults go WHAT THE?
They are simply jaw dropping huge GIANT MEGABALLS of bounce!
Take some photos!
Make some space, find a field, have a GIANT MEGABALL party!