Performance History

Allin Kempthorne has been a full time performer for thirty years specialising in magic and circus skills for children and family audiences. He's performed on several television shows including Britain's Got Talent and has had residencies and individual bookings for venues and clients at many thousands of events including for The Saudi Royal Family, the House of Commons, the American Ambassador to the UK and more than 150 performances for the London Royal Parks. He is a member of the Magic Circle and was the Welsh Finalist in the UK Family Entertainer of the Year Award and also a finalist in the Magic Circle Children's entertainer of the Year Award 2023.

In addition to being known under his own name Allin Kempthorne is also known as Alan Thorn (family magic stage shows), as Professor Strange (his popular steampunk showman character) and as Gizmo (for children's entertainment).

He has lived in many places around the UK and is currently based near Bristol and Cardiff from where he works extensively around the West Country, the South Coast and Wales.

The Alan Thorn Magic Show

Performing as Professor Strange on Britain's Got Talent

Performing at a children's event as Gizmo

Performing close-up magic at Illusions Magic Bar

Professor Strange and his Strange Tricycle

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Allin Kempthorne as Alan Thorn

Gizmo children's magic show

As Professor Strange on Britain's Got Talent

Allin Kempthorne has performed at:


Over 20 countries including:
The International Circus Festival in Georgia, CeBIT Hannover in Germany, The Marberissa Comedy Festival in Spain, Gitex Exhibition in Dubai, The Sandton Exhibition Centre in South Africa, Cosmos Holidays in Finland, Microsoft Forum in Copenhagen, RAI Centre in Amsterdam, Performances at corporate events in 14 countries for Oracle, Club Med in Nice, Hannover EXPO plaza, Modigliani Room in Paris, The Madinat Conference Hall in Dubai, The Paris Meridian Montparnasse, Pavillion Gabriel in Paris, Dubai World Trade Centre


For Cruise & Maritime Voyages and for Brittany Ferries aboard:
MV Columbus, MV Pont Aven, MV Mont St Michel, MV Armorique, MV Normandie, MV Bretagne


Henley Festival, Santa Pod BugJam Festival, Welshstock Festival, Wychwood Festival, Skyfest London, Skyfest Edinburgh, Greenbelt Festival, Littlestock Festival, the New Forest Fairy Festival, Lollibop Festival, Carfest, Radio 2 Live Festival


Thousands of events over the years including:
Paddington Performance Festival, Amersham Carnival, Harrods Christmas Parade, MNBA Magic Festival, The Magic Circle Children's Entertainer of the Year Awards, the Royal Cornwall Show, Rotherham Town Festival, The Bloomsbury Fair, Bromley Lark-in-the-Park, The Girl Guides Jamboree Alexandra Palace, Brecon Teddybears Picnic, Hayes Carnival, Walton-on-Thames Film Festival, The Blackpool Magic Convention, Haddenham Steam Rally, Whitstable May Day, Keswick Regatta, Thames Valley Motor Show, Brecon Christmas Lights, Llandudno Victorian Steam Fair, Cardiff Food Festival, Peugeot Festival, Spitalfields Festival, The Time Out Street Entertainers Festival, Highworth May Day, The Bloomsbury Fair, Balham Carnival, Llang-y-nidr Show, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, The Kent Show, Brick Lane Food Festival, Leicester St George's Festival (as compere for 12 years), Amersham Steam On The Met, Cornwall County Show, Kingston Christmas Lights, Kent County Show, European Festival of Street Entertainers Rochester, Huntingdon Street Festival, Luton Carnival, Basingstoke Christmas Lights, Aylesbury St Georges Day Festival, Amersham Carnival, Liverpool Children's Festival, The Guernsey International Festival of Street Entertainers


Holiday parks around the UK for all the main chains including:
Butlins Minehead, Hoburne Cotswolds Holiday Park, Harcourt Sands Holiday Village, Hoburne Bashley Holiday Park, Hillhead Caravan Park, Sandy Bay, Monkey Tree Holiday Park, Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, The Warren Holiday Park, Aeron Coast Caravan Park, Haulfryn Holidays, Cardigan View Holiday Park, Sandy Glade, Manor House Hotel and Holiday Park, Ocean Heights Holiday Park, Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Riverside Caravan Park, Park Holidays, Combe Haven Holiday Park, Cofton Holiday Park, John Fowler Holidays Parks, Haven Holidays, Harcourt Sands Holiday Village, Hoburne Park Holiday Village, Clarach Bay Holiday Park, Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Nodes Point Holiday Village, Gronde Holiday Park, Darwin Escapes, Vale Holiday Parks, Home Farm Holiday Park, Trelawne Holiday Park, Cheddar Woods Resort, Widmouth Bay Holiday Park, St. Ives Bay Holiday Park, Ladram Bay Holiday Park, Perran View Holiday Village, Stowford Farm Meadow Holiday Park, Whitemead Forest Holiday Park


Hundreds of corporate clients including:
Arsenal Football Club, Azko Nobel, Microsoft, Saatchi and Saatchi, Nickleodeon TV, Harrods, Allders, Chesham Building Society, Asda, The Millennium Commission, Dominos Pizza, British Airways, the Co op, Dresdner Klienwort Wasserstein, Brittany Ferries, Gatwick Airport, Oracle (events in 14 countries), Hewlett Packard, Virgin Atlantic, Associated Newspapers, Tesco, Hamleys, Burns Pet Food, The Bank of America, Lacost, Sanofi Aventis, Glaxo Smith Kline, Sainsburys


Over 300 shopping centres around the UK including:
Harrods (over 30 bookings), Selfridges Oxford Street, Cascades Shopping Centre Portsmouth, Broadwalk Shopping Centre Bristol, Harlequin Centre Watford, West Quay Shopping Centre Southampton, The Galleries Shopping Centre Aldershot, Charles Square Shopping Centre Bracknell, Lion Walk Shopping Centre Colchester, The Victoria Shopping Centre Southend-on-Sea, The Knightswick Shopping Centre Canvey Island, The Harvey Centre Harlow, Freeport Shopping Village Braintree, The Cockhedge Shopping Centre Warrington, Ropewalk Shopping Centre Nuneaton, Cannon Park Shopping Centre Coventry, Cabot Circus Shopping Centre Bristol, The Observatory Shopping Centre Slough, Port Solent (over 30 bookings), Merlin's Walk Carmarthen, Dagenham Mall, Canary Wharf Shopping Centre (over 20 bookings), The Lexicon Shopping Centre Bracknell, Bluewater Shopping Centre (over 150 bookings), Lakeside Shopping Centre Thurrock (many bookings), St. George's Walk Braintree (over 20 bookings, Watergardens Shopping Centre Harlow, The Elmsleigh Centre Staines-Upon-Thames (over 50 bookings), Harlequin Centre Watford, The Glades Bromley, Buttermarket Shopping Centre Ipswich, The Bentall Shopping Centre Kingston, Luton Mall


Many top sporting events and venues including:
Ascot Racecourse, Edgbaston Cricket Club, Keswick Regatta, The Derbyshire Falcons, Bristol County Cricket Ground, Leyton Football Club, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Lords Cricket Ground, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, The Leicestershire Foxes, Panshanger Football Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, The Worcestershire Rapids, Charlton Athletic Football Club, The Durham Jets, Silverstone Racecourse, Huntingdon Racecourse, The Oval Cricket Ground, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Epsom Downs Racecourse, Richmond Rugby Club, Sandown Park Racecourse, Somerset County Cricket Club, Twickenham Stadium, Cheltenham Racecourse, Newmarket Races, The Oval Cricket Ground, Northampton Cricket Club


Most of the major tourist attractions and theme parks in the UK including:
Legoland, Madame Tussauds, Mumbles Pier, Brooklands Museum, Port Lympne Safari Park, The London Planetarium, Diggerland, H.M.S. Belfast, Goodwood Hall, Alton Towers, Leeds Castle, The Royal Highland Centre, Teignmouth Pier, Old Shire Horse Centre Maidenhead, Brighton Palace Pier, Brecon Mountain Railway (Christmas Seasons), The Tower of London, Winter Wonderland Hyde Park, Brighton Palace Pier, Chessington World of Adventures, Segaworld, Thorpe Park, The Bluebell Railway (many repeat bookings), Cardiff Castle, The Hard Rock Cafe, Old Downe Manor and Country Park


The Royal Albert Hall, The National Theatre Southbank, The O2 Arena, The Blackpool Opera House Theatre, Hi-Tide Porthcawl, The Magic Circle Theatre London, Illusions Magic Bar, Bristol, The London Palladium, The Old Vic Theatre, The Troxy, Carnegie Hall Dunfermline, The BBC Concert Hall, Cafe Royal Piccadilly, The London Arena, Perth City Hall, Harlequin Theatre Redhill, M.E.N. Arena Manchester, Pontardawe Arts Centre, Compass Theatre Ickenham, The Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, Queens Hall Dunoon, The Mission Theatre Bath, The Intimate Theatre Palmers Green, The Players Theatre London, West Cliff Theatre Clacton-On-Sea, Birmingham National Indoor Arena, The Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Gizmo children's magic show

The Alan Thorn Show

At the UK Family Entertainer of the Year Award

Allin Kempthorne close-up magic

Performance Training

Allin Kempthorne's solid thirty years experience as a professional entertainer speaks for itself. But underpinning it all is a solid foundation, understanding and training in the performance, magic and circus arts. Allin never stops learning, always striving to push himself to be the very best performer he can be. He trained in circus performance at the Circus Space (now called the National Centre for Circus Arts) in London, acting at the Method Studio in London, and in magic and performance at the Las Vegas Jeff McBride Magic and Mystery School.

He holds a deep gratitude to the following great performance teachers who have taken the time and patience to share with him their secrets and have helped him grow and become the well rounded magical entertainer he is today:


One of the most creative British jugglers and a teacher at The Circus Space school for Circus Arts, Sean Gandini taught Allin juggling, movement and object manipulation skills, giving Allin his great love of performance and of "playing with objects imaginatively!"


Known for her roles in Star Trek and with Elvis Presley, Marianna Hill was Allin's teacher at the Method Studio in London. Her strong encouragement and personal belief in Allin's talents gave him a very solid grounding in character acting and was responsible for his confident entry into showbusiness.


A world leader and teacher in the theatrical style of magic, Caesars Palace headline magician Jeff McBride now runs the world's most prestigious magic school in Las Vegas and has personally tutored Allin in the skills of performance, stage magic and illusion.


Sadly no longer with us, Eugene was one of the most influential magicians of our time and had a razor sharp focus into how to make a performance more magical. He instructed Allin in the arts, mystique and secret techniques of close up magic.



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