Circus, Magician and Mime Skills and Character Doubling for Film and Television Productions

When television or film productions need to show one of their principle actors shuffling a deck of cards or making a balloon model, but that action isn't really the actor's strong point, there are two options they can go for.

One: They can get in an expert magician or juggler with that skill to teach the actor how to do it.
Two: They can film the magician or juggler doing the action instead and by clever editing make it look like the actor is doing that skill.

Often that expert is Allin Kempthorne. Over the last 20 years Allin has appeared in countless television and film productions with his juggling, magic and mime skills, often doubling for a lead actor, many times playing a character in his own right, and often performing his act in his own name. You've probably seen him, but not known it, as Allin has used his skills in films and television programs such as Doctor Who, Eastenders, Sherlock and the Harry Potter films.

He's also appeared quite recognisably as himself in programs including Britain's Got Talent, Blue Peter and many more.

Allin's Circus and Magicians Skills Include:

Allin is trained and experienced in mime, mask, character, skin, robotics, physical theatre and clown work.
He is frequently hired for slow motion or freeze frame mime work for film and television special effects.

Allin is proficient with 3 balls, 4 balls, clubs, knives, rings. Can juggle other items such as fruit, rubber chickens, shoes, crockery, hats, fire etc.

Allin is trained and proficient in physical theatre, mime, robotics and character movement.

Allin is skilled in various magical techniques including playing card manipulation, with a good knowledge of children's magic, close-up magic and larger illusions.

Allin is trained in all aspects of clowning including slapstick, falling, mask and mime, comedy timing and physical theatre. He is an experienced clown with a long history of preforming in circus, corporate events and fastivals.

Can make a large number of balloon models including animals, flowers, spiders etc all the way up to larger more complex creations.

Allin is adding to his circus, magic and mime skills by continuing to learn different aspects of balancing and object manipulation.

Allin is skilled with glove, arm and full figure puppetry.

Here's a few of the Film and TV productions where you might have seen Allin Kempthorne on your screen:

"Industry" - Television 2019 - Magician

"Britain's Got Talent" - Television 2019 - Professor Strange

"People Just Do Nothing" - Television 2017 - Neil

"E4 Promo" - Television 2017 - Clown

"Eastenders" - Television 2016 - Balloon Modelling Clown

"The Collection" - Television 2016 - Maurice

"Legends" - Television 2015 - Mime Artist

"Sherlock" - Television 2015 - Special Effects Mime performer

"The Ipanema File" - Feature Film 2014 - Magician

"The First Stars of Vaudeville" - Feature Documentary 2013 - Presenter

"Doctors" - Television 2013 - White Faced Mime Artist

"Doctor Who" - Television 2012 - Street Performer

"Eastenders" - Television 2012 - Street Entertainer

"One Chance (The Paul Potts Story) - Feature Film 2012 - "Britain's Got Talent" Contestant

"Metro Man" - Short Film 2012 - The Mime (lead role)

"Johnny English Reborn" - Feature Film 2011 - Mr Rhubarb

"Heineken" - Television Commercial 2009 - Bear

"The Omid Djalili Show" - Television 2009 - Cabaret Juggler

"Hustle" - Television 2009 - Street Entertainer

"Little Dorrit" - Television 2008 - Juggler

"The Wrong Door" - Television 2008 - Clown

"Dubble Chocolate / Comic Relief" - Television Commercial 2008 - Juggler

"ITV Sport Promo" - Television 2008 - Clown

"Idents for Peugeot" - Television 2008 - Magician

"Tittybangbang" - Television 2007 - Juggling Clown

"Hustle" - Television 2007 - Clown

"Comic Relief Idents" - Television 2005 - Unicyclist

"The Vampires of Bloody Island" - Feature Film 2005 - Various Roles

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" - Feature Film 2004 - Slow Motion Mime

"Britain's Strongest Man" - Television 2004 - Television Audience Warm-Up

"Bamboozle" - Television 2004 - Animal Impressionist

"Alistair McGowan's Big Impression" - Television 2002 - Homicidal Clown

"The Clown" - Short Film - 2001 - The Clown (lead role)

"Banzai" - Television 2000 - Clown

"Magical Meetings With The Taxman" - Corporate Video 2000 - Malcolm Volio (lead role)

"The Woman And The Clown" - Short Film 2000 - The Clown (lead role)

"A Laughing Matter" - Short Film 1999 - The Clown (lead role)

"The Magical Legend of the Leprachauns" - Feature Film 1999 - Pooka

"Blue Peter" - Television 1998 - Dweebie The Robot

"Spanish Archer" - Television 1997 - Dweebie The Robot

"Don't Forget Your Toothbrush" - Television 1994 - Television Audience Warm-Up


Allin Kempthorne trained at the Circus Space circus school in juggling, unicycling, mask and mime, clowning, character work and object manipulation.
He followed this with a more conventional drama training at The Method Studio in London, plus private tuition in Magic and Conjuring with several top magicians including at the Las Vegas McBride's Magic and Mystery School.

Allin has been using his mime, magic and circus skills professionally for 20 years on cruise ships, holiday camps, corporate and media events, theatre, television, panto and children's entertainment.

Allin is a fully trained actor represented by Wibbell Artistes Management at

Allin runs Kempthorne Entertainment providing magicians, clowns, jugglers and circus performers for festivals, family fun days, corporate and media events.

Email Allin Kempthorne direct at