Mat Ricardo

Mat Ricardo

Mat Ricardo, the Gentleman Juggler, is one of the most unique, critically- acclaimed, and reliably entertaining variety performers in the world.

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Mat Ricardo, the Gentleman Juggler, is one of the most unique, critically- acclaimed, and reliably entertaining variety performers in the world.

The first man in history to learn to put the tablecloth back on the table.. but that’s just one of his incredible feats.

He is a TedX Speaker, Magic Circle doyen, Royal Command Performer, Comedian, and the winner of the Herald Angel Award for theatre excellence, the British Cabaret Award for Best Speciality Act, the Kleinkunst Cabaret Prize, Stagetalk Magazine’s Show of the Year, and the Arts Award Pick of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“Relentless hilarious, jaw-dropping fun…Ricardo’s smooth wit drives the show at full speed. The actual tricks are as stunning for their mastery as for their ingenious conception. You’ll struggle to find a show more tightly packed with cunning humour and spellbinding amusement.” – ER Magazine

In short, with Mat, you are guaranteed big laughs, serious skills, slapstick, and breathtaking spectacle.

Mat Ricardo on stage is an opportunity to see genuine danger, dexterous elegance and thrills, performed by a natural comedian at the top of his game. He beguiles his audience with both old favourites and signature routines, including some tricks that haven’t been performed for decades, and some that have never been performed before at all.

Since helping to spearhead the resurgence of new circus and variety in the late 1980’s, Mat has gone on to headline theatres across Europe, appear at countless international variety and comedy festivals, and on some of the finest cabaret and burlesque stages in the world. He has extensively entertained corporate clients, the British Royal Family, toured the UK filling theatres, and worked alongside the very best entertainers the world has ever known.

Alongside his prolific live work as both performer and director, he has made many high profile television appearances, most notably as a regular cast member on three series of ITV1’s “Moment of Truth”, the BBC’s “Now you See it”, and as a special guest on BBC1’s “The Slammer”.

He was the first variety performer to be invited as a guest on ITV1’s “The Jonathan Ross Show”, performed and talked about variety on “The Alan Titchmarsh Show” was the star of the famous “Unum tablecloth trick” TV ad campaign, has taught Henry Cavill for the Guy Ritchie movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E, and tutored Jude Law on set.

His twin passions: The history and legacies of variety and light entertainment, and making an audience gasp.

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“Ricardo is open, self-deprecating and very funny, but all the while makes us aware that we are watching a consummate act, one that teases us to the very end with the prospect of his signature whip-off-the-tablecloth routine. Ricardo makes it all look easy, and then he contradicts that by telling us that a routine involving five balls took five long years to master. This is a gloriously old-fashioned, neatly put together show, one that looks back to the golden age of variety and vaudeville. It does what it does with real aplomb, terrific humour and genuine skill. This showman deserves your applause. Immensely skilled and very funny” 
Time Out

“As a dapperly dressed gentleman juggler, his props include cigar boxes, snooker cues, silverware and – in a signature trick – tablecloths. His dexterity is captivating, whether he’s sending coloured bottles spinning like fireworks or manipulating a hat, cane and wine glass in an elegant routine that borders on dance – one of several bits perfectly timed to a musical track.”
The Scotsman

“the best variety act in the business”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“A quintessential showman and self-described “vaudeville schmuck”, Ricardo’s variety act is defined by faultless delivery and impeccable preparation”
★★★★★ Fringe Guru

“Brilliant!”The Herald
“Breathtaking”Evening standard
“Terrific humour and genuine skill” The Guardian

“One of the best shows I have ever seen” Arts Award Voice
“Incredible…and very witty with it”The Scotsman
Winner: Best Speciality ActLondon Cabaret Awards
Winner – Herald Angel Theatre Award
Winner – 2016 Openflair Kleinkunst Award
Chortle Cabaret Correspondent / Writer / Actor / Comedian / Photographer

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