The Great Dave became a street performer at the tender age of fourteen in London’s famous Covent Garden. Years of entertaining classmates but certainly not teachers came to a head and he finally ran away to join the circus.
Having settled very comfortably into the role of street performer, Dave branched out into the world of acting. He has appeared in countless television shows and adverts around the world and in 2003, acted alongside Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry and John Sessions in the new Doctor Who Radio play, Death Comes To Time.
“The best I have ever seen” – Emma Thompson
In 2004 Dave decided to start training himself to perform a trick rarely seen outside of the Chinese State Circus. The seemingly impossible art of kicking cups and saucers and a spoon to a balance on his head whilst riding a six-foot unicycle. The street performer had been practising for several months when he fell nine metres down a cliff in an unrelated accident and broke his back in two places. As the street performer lay on his side in the dark waiting for help, Dave noticed that he had no movement from his waist downwards. This was a devastating realisation! After two of the longest days of his life, Dave regained a tiny bit of movement in his big toe, then a bit more in his foot and it was then that he promised himself that not only would he walk again but that he would – against the advice of his doctors – get back on the unicycle and finish the new trick the street performer had been determined to learn.
After almost a year of physio, hydrotherapy, good old-fashioned grit and determination and a few manly tears, The Great Dave got back on his unicycle and, almost two years to the day performed the cup and saucer kick, on a six foot unicycle at the Taste of Tasmania to huge acclaim and …a few more manly tears!
Since then, Dave has stopped crying and toured the world as a street performer, entertaining crowds with this amazing feat.
The Great Dave is constantly training, adding more cups and saucers to the stack and devising more and more ridiculous situations for him to get into and out of!