Circus Skills

Circus skills include all of the amazing things you might expect to see in a circus, from juggling to acrobatics.

Skills – Strength: 10, Balance: 10, Flexibility: 10, Agility: 10, Coordination: 10
Time needed: travelling time + 2 hours, Cost to try: £free

Circus skills are a group of pursuits that have been used as a form of entertainment in circus, sideshow, busking or variety/vaudeville/music hall shows. Most circus skills are still being performed today; additionally, many are practiced by non-performers as a hobby.

If you like the idea of being able to perform one of the many circus skills listed here, there are circus schools and places where you can try them out for yourself.

Alphabetical list of circus skills

  • Acrobatics
  • Aerial silk
  • Aerial straps
  • Balancing
  • Bullwhip
  • Bungee trapeze
  • Chair balancing
  • Clowning
  • Diabolo
  • Fire dancing
  • Flag spinning
  • Flying trapeze
  • Freestanding ladder
  • Handbalancing
  • Hand walking
  • Hoop diving
  • Hula hoop
  • Human cannonball
  • Human pyramid
  • Juggling
  • Jump rope
  • Knife throwing
  • Lasso
  • Magic acts
  • Mime
  • Plate spinning
  • Power tumbling
  • Puppetry
  • Rola bola (balance board)
  • Rolling globe
  • Springboard
  • Stage combat
  • Static trapeze
  • Stilt walking
  • Teeterboard
  • Tightrope walking (or slackwire walking)
  • Trampoline
  • Trapeze
  • Trick riding
  • Tumbling
  • Unicycle

Flying Trapeze at Santa Monica Pier

Once again, US blogger Monica has helped you out by trying the flying trapeze for herself. Find out what it is like to have a go. From plucking up the courage to take that leap from the high platform to performing aerial somersaults, watch and cheer on the courageous girl as Monica Goes on the Flying Trapeze.



YouTube Video of Trapeze on Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles

So, go and try out some circus skills. Find a circus school and learn the acrobatics. Or even just go and watch. Look at the Cirque du Soleil site for information on where they are performing.