A Look at the Whimsical Life of a Traveling Showman

For more than 200 years, circus performers have dazzled and delighted audiences across Britain. One type of entertainer who flourished during the Victorian age was the traveling showman, who combined music, circus performance, and storytelling to capture the attention of the public.

Today, Mr. Alexander is one of the modern-day traveling showmen who carries on this tradition with great pride. In his Travelling Show, he performs magic, juggling, unicycling, balance, and illusion acts from his trailer turned vintage theater. His passion for the business was passed down by his family, as his mother was a trapeze artist and his father was the ringmaster of a small touring circus. In this charming film by Rhys Edwards, Mr. Alexander talks about his life on the road with his two dogs and the joy of his chosen profession. “I don’t do it for the money. I’ve never done anything for the money. I do it for the love and the joy of it all.”


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The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

A Look at the Whimsical Life of a Traveling Showman

For more than 200 years, circus performers have dazzled and delighted audiences across Britain. One type of entertainer who flourished during the Victorian age was the traveling showman, who combined music, circus performance, and storytelling to capture the attention of the public.

Today, Mr. Alexander is one of the modern-day traveling showmen who carries on this tradition with great pride. In his Travelling Show, he performs magic, juggling, unicycling, balance, and illusion acts from his trailer turned vintage theater. His passion for the business was passed down by his family, as his mother was a trapeze artist and his father was the ringmaster of a small touring circus. In this charming film by Rhys Edwards, Mr. Alexander talks about his life on the road with his two dogs and the joy of his chosen profession. “I don’t do it for the money. I’ve never done anything for the money. I do it for the love and the joy of it all.”


Follow Rhys Edwards on Vimeo.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.