12.07.2018 | Bullied Schoolboy Wins Circus 250 Star Search and Performs at Blackpool Tower Circus Parade
A bullied schoolboy who only started juggling two years ago has won The Blackpool Tower Circus’ nationwide talent search to find a star of the future. Gifted performer Jordan Dickinson, 19, was mercilessly mocked at school because he has autism, ADHD and learning difficulties. But away from the playground bullies, Jordan found solace in the circus. His talent caught the eye of the Circus 250 Star of the Future judges and he has been crowned the winner. The teenager’s mum Louise said her son is “speechless” after winning the UK wide competition
Jordan performed at the Circus 250 parade in Blackpool on Thursday (July 12) when a 250-strong convoy of schoolchildren, floats, street performers and circus acts travelled along the Promenade to celebrate 250 years since the first circus was staged in London. He will also perform alongside his heroes Mooky and Mr Boo, of the Endresz Family Circus, at a charity gala show at The Blackpool Tower Circus in aid of Blackpool Carers Centre on Saturday (July 14).
The comedy duo – who are brothers in real life – were amazed by Jordan’s skills as a juggler despite only picking up his first set of juggling balls in 2016.
He has mastered juggling four balls and is learning how to juggle five with the help of Mooky, who was one of the youngest people in history to perform the feat and appeared on The Paul Daniels’ Magic Show in the early 90s.
Jordan, who lives in Wigan with mum Louise, 40, and dad Lee, 45, can juggle three clubs and perform tricks using three or four balls. Louise said:
“All the way through primary and secondary school, Jordan was bullied because he was different. Since he was nine, Jordan has been fascinated by The Blackpool Tower Circus. He loves the bright colours, the music and the acts. Mooky and Mr Boo make him laugh and he really loves what they do. He has anxiety so because of that we used to sit on the back row of every show. About three years ago, I went to speak to Mr Boo and asked if he and Mooky would come and say hello. They did and made Jordan’s day. We now have seats on the third row where we always sit. Sometimes we can watch up to 15 shows a week and if Jordan had his way we would be there every day. He loves to go into the circus ring and chat with the acts and practice his juggling. The Blackpool Tower Circus has helped with his confidence and abilities. He has become a star-in-the-making which is amazing because his people skills were non-existent. But over the last two or three years he has got to know many of the staff and is on first name terms with them and has even made friends with some of the performers. He tells me he loves the circus and he feels a part of it; it feels like home to him. Winning this competition means the world to Jordan and us as a family. I’m so proud of him and thankful to The Blackpool Tower and the Endresz Family for all they have done. Jordan says he owes Mooky the world.”
Jordan is now studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in ICT at St John Rigby College in Wigan and hopes to build a career in computing and the circus.
Blackpool is one of six cities in the UK chosen to stage events for Circus 250, a global celebration of the art form, which began in 1768. English equestrian Phillip Astley began his career in entertainment when he opened a riding school in Waterloo, London, where horse-riding tricks were performed. Soon, its popularity had grown and Astley created a full roster of acrobatic acts, pantomime, equestrian feats and spectacles which became the basis for the modern circus. The Blackpool Tower Circus opened its doors in 1894 and has entertained generations of visitors with death-defying stunts, hair-raising tricks and remarkable feats. The Endresz Family have performed with acts from the USA, China, Hungary and Cuba among many others since 1992.
Kenny Mew, General Manager of The Blackpool Tower, said: “Jordan is a remarkable talent and we have found our star of the future who really loves the circus.
“We were so proud to learn about how Jordan has been interacting with Mooky and Mr Boo and has developed his circus abilities, which has helped him grow in confidence. We were there to cheer Jordan on at the parade and are looking forward to seeing him at the charity night for Blackpool Carers Centre on Saturday. Congratulations to Jordan, his mum Louise and dad Lee. We wish him the best of luck with his circus and IT career.”