Magician and Sideshow Stunt Girl Carisa Hendrix is an Award Winning Entertainer featured in the Guinness Book of World Records (2014 Book, Page 86), Ripley’s Believe it or Not (2015 Book) and on Travel Channel’s Vegas Strip Search.
Best known for being the subject of the 2016 Super Channel feature length documentary Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire which followed her to Vegas where she opened her original, all girl, Magic and Illusion show.
She has been thrilling audiences all over Canada and internationally for the past 12 years with her signature blend of classy, cute, comedy entertainment.
Carisa's show is very impressive on many levels — colorful costumes, fun and funny interaction with the people in the audience, baffling and marvelous magic. But what is most impressive is that she is a true creative artist, performing smart, original material with great style and skill, and a one-of-kind personality.
I happened to catch a performance of hers at Hotel Arts a few months ago, and it was breathtaking. She was elegant, beautiful, and did I mention the fact that she had fire in her mouth?
We hired Carisa because we had heard of her world record.
We asked her to perform 5 different 15 minute acts though out the evening. Not only was each act amazing, but she had a different costume for each and interacted with the crowd all night.
Very happy, we'll be hiring her again.
Even though Carisa was volunteering her time to perform at my event, she showed up and wow'd us all. Always giving an outstanding performance, she is an absolute pleasure to work with, and to know. I've seen many of her performances in (i think) all the variety of art she does, and each one is of incredibly high standard. Being a person who travels all over the world and is very interested in performance art, I feel I have seen a fair amount to be able to say that Carisa has the sexiness, intelligence, professionalism and sheer entertainment value that is but rarely enjoyed.
I have had the pleasure of seeing Carisa perform several times and there is not a single time where I was not completely blown away! Every time she gets on stage she presents a unique, tantalizing and exciting performance that captivates the audience. From the moments the guests around you hold their breath as they watch her next daring feat to the point where there is a unanimous applause you can be sure of one thing, she will only leave you dazzled by her performance.
I had to categorize this event type as "Club/Nightclub" simply because the first time I saw her in was during a night long event that she performed onstage, however since then I have seen her running a festival/seminar, teaching classes and performing in different venues. To be honest after each time I have seen her perform I have wondered how it could get better and somehow for the next show she has perfected her craft to a higher level. Her petite frame and innocent look are deceiving, as soon as she begins you find yourself amazed. While fire eating to walking on glass and many other talents she projects an alluring prescence onstage and beyond. Count yourself lucky if you come to a show she is a part of because you will be sure to make the next one as well!
Price Range: $180-1600
Gig Length: 4 - 80 minutes
Languages: English, French
Insurance: $2,000,000 - Liability Insurance Policy Coverage General Aggregate: $2,000,000 This is the most the master policy will pay out for one policy year. Each Occurrence: $1,000,000 This is the maximum the master policy will pay out for one incident. Damage to Rented Premises (Each Occurrence): $100,000 This is the maximum the master policy will pay out for damage to the venue for one incident. Products & Completed Operations Aggregate: $1,000,000 The same thing as the general aggregate. Medical Expenses (Any one person): $5,000 This is the maximum the master policy will pay out for one individual’s medical expenses for an incident. This does NOT cover injuries to the performer. The performer is responsible for their own medical insurance.
What to Expect
We offer a range of shows from the realms of circus, magic and fire. We have something for everyone, from grand stand entertainment to children's shows. We are also always happy to work with you on a custom production for your special event.
Please check the "Set List" section for an up to date list of our most popular shows and acts.
Guinness World Record Holder (2014 Book, Page 86) and Award Winning Entertainer, featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Vegas Strip Search. Carisa Hendrix has been thrilling audiences all over Canada and internationally for the past 8 years with her signature blend of classy, cute comedy entertainment. Circus Artist, Sideshow Stunt Girl, Balloon Sculpture and now wowing crowds as a Female Magician, Hendrix is a skilled entertainer with a wide range talents. As the Artistic Director of Ballyhoo Entertainment she is excited to be working with an array of talented young artist to provide wide range of fun & creative entertainment options for special events.
Grateful for the recently attention from her appearances in 2 difference popular Youtube projects Protector’s Chronicles (300000 combined views) and The Art of Slow Motion Fire Eating (75000 views). Perhaps what she is most known for is the expertise she displays in her best selling instructional DVD on Fire Eating as well as the 800 fire eating students who have learned from her first hand in classes all over Canada.
Born: Prince Albert, SK 1987, Raised in Calgary AB
Languages Spoken: English & French
Education: Alberta College of Art & Design 2007-2010, One Yellow Rabbit Lab Intensive 2012
★ Was featured on page 87 of the Guinness Book of World Record Holder 2014 for the Fire Eating Stunt, Torch Teething
★ Award Canada’s Best Entertainment 2013 by the Wedding Industry Experts
★ Created Canada’s only travailing “ten-in-one” Revival Carnival Show
★ Became a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Canadian Association of Magicians.
★ Became the Guinness World Record Holder for the Fire Eating Stunt, Torch Teething in Rome, Italy
★ Founded Studio Stoke, a training space and art studio in downtown Calgary
★ Organized the 4th consecutive Prop Fest, the Alberta Juggling & Circus Festival
★ Was accepted to the One Yellow Rabbit Lab Intensive, and survived the full 3 weeks of training
★ Awarded Sponsored Artist by Juggle Gear
★ Landed the Cover Story of Avenue Magazine
★ Voted to the NAFAA (the North American Fire Arts Association) Council
★ Crowned Miss Alt Calgary, for her Alternative Modeling Work
★ Created and launched Firepedia, an online resource for prop manipulation and fire arts.
★ Finalist for Best Actress in a short film at the Maverick Movie Film Awards
★ Release the instructional DVD How To Eat Fire to rave reviews
★ Selected as Miss March for the Warrior Princess Fantasy Calendar
★ Featured on Alberta Primetime as an Extreme Albertan
★ Was selected for a juried, paid gallery showing of her Time Base, Performative Installation “Private Space” at the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts which was later published in a catalogue of the work
Growing up in Calgary as a young child, Hendrix became somewhat of a poster child for youth volunteerism in a desperate attempt to make friends. Throughout this awkward phase she worked with community organizations, accumulated leadership awards and seemed to be on the fast track to a career in the social services helping people a feeling pleasantly superior.
The image to the right is photographic evidence of literally being a poster child for youth volunteerism
So how did this sweet little girl, become the sequin clad, fire eating weirdo we all know today?
Well, at the age of 16 Hendrix’s interest in sideshow and showbiz was sparked by a chance encounter with a sideshow freak and the misguided support of a school chum. Soon, after only a few months of training, she was already doing small shows despite their unbelievable crappiness.
After high school, she took a job as an educator & program director at a not-for-profit working with children, but it was too late, her fall to the world of low brow entertainment was inevitable. She managed to keep both careers alive for a few years, but rewarding as teaching was, the shiny allure of the stage was just too enticing
Carisa was fortunate to work alongside a long roster of talented artists and entertainers early in her showbiz career. These individuals provided help and support, opened her eyes to a variety of different performative styles and kept her thoroughly intimidated for many years.
She studied acting, dance, comedy, circus, prop manipulation, vaudeville, burlesque, modeling, and magic and after being accepted to ACAD (the Alberta College of Art and Design) in 2007, she also studied performance art, design, and video. This varied, if not slightly maddening education is responsible for the signature style that Hendrix is known for.
★ Alberta College of Art & Design 2007- 2010
★ One Yellow Rabbit Lab Intensive 2012
The last few years have been an incredible whirlwind for Carisa. After touring internationally for 2 years, winning an acting and a modeling award, being featured on television and magazine covers and winning a guinness world record, Carisa has moved back to Calgary excited to get in touch with old friends.
Since returning she’s working on publishing a 2nd edition of here instructional DVD, planned a successful festival, got back to work on Firepedia the online resources, joined committees in support of fire arts and started a small art and training studio downtown calgary.
If your interested in finding out more, in the last couple years Hendrix has began blogging about her adventures and passions here on (link hidden) to help digest and contemplate the weird life that has taken her over.
Additional Booking Notes
Other than fire safety and permitting requirements for fire shows, all our productions are designed to be very low maintenance for event planners. Minimal set up and tear down and few technical requirements.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Stage Shows & Specialty Acts ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
★ The Sideshow Stunt Girl Show
Bring the thrill of the classic sideshow to your event with the odd and amazing acts of this darling little sideshow stunt girl. Guinness World Record Holding and internationally renown sideshow stunt girl Carisa Hendrix is a master of pain, physical endurance and mind over matter. Watch as she wills her body to do amazing and impossible acts from the classic sideshow. Perfect for: Bars, Pubs & Breweries, Conventions, Festivals and Carnival, Halloween, Vaudeville or Circus Themed Events.
Show Included Stunts Such as:
★ Fire Eating & Fire Manipulation
★ Bare Foot Glass Walking
★ Sword and Dagar Stunts
★ Needle Through Arm
★ Block Head
★ Angle Grinder
★ and More
★ The Amazing Circus & Magic Show (Duo)
Prepare to be amazed by an incredible mix of magic, circus and comedy with a classic feel. Designed for large and mid-sized events looking for a show with a big production feel. This show incorporates acts with a number of audience volunteers as well as powerful visual stunts and is perfect for holiday parties, festival stages, fundraisers and awards galas.
★ Winter Masquerade (Full cast)
Elaborate winter themed costumed fairy tale characters wander around your event and draw the audience into the fun. Typically performed with 2 stilt walkers as the Ice King and Queen, 2 identical Ice Court Jester jugglers and a beautiful hoop dancer Messenger character. Together they create an amazing atmosphere and powerful sense of occasion and fun. The impact of each individual character with their own skills, personality and back story as well as the interactions between the different characters are what make this production a holiday party favorite.
★ Lucky Carnival Fire Dance Troupe (Solo, Duo or Full cast)
Fire, LED Light, Glow and Black Light Performances incorporate dance, thrilling stunts, music and specialty costumes to create a beautiful and unique performance and that wow factor your are looking for at your next event. Show can include but is not limited to: fire eating, fire breathing, fire/LED staff, fire/LED hoop, fire/LED poi, fire fans, silk fans, fire acrobatics and fire magic. Themes available: Fire & Ice, Tribal, Modern Contemporary, Cirque Style, Vintage Carnival, Futuristic, Bollywood, Hawaiian and Vegas.
Show Included Acts such as:
★ Fire Eating & Fire Manipulation
★ Hoop Dance (Traditional, Fire Hoop or LED Hoop)
★ Fan Dance (Fire or Silk Fans)
★ Poi Spinning (LED or Fire)
★ Polynesian Style Staff Spinning (LED or Fire)
★ Fire Juggling & Fire Balance
★ and More
★ The Lucky Carnival 10-in-1 Circus Sideshow (Full cast)
Continuous, interactive vintage circus entertainment like nothing you have ever seen before. Step right up and see the Canada’s only running classic ten-in-one show, with everything from the circus tents, to the carnival barker to the fat bearded lady.
This show is uniquely designed to engage crowds for short sets and encourages guests to move around your event. Perfect for buffet style dinners or events looking for ongoing casual yet thrilling entertainment. Our comical and clever script creates a seamless theatrical experience from act to act and through out your event. The show is built on a and a half (1.5) hour loop, allowing guests who may have missed the act the first time the opportunity to catch it later.
★ Ten-in-One acts include, but are not limited to:
★ The World Famous Escape Artist: Miss Kiss ★ The Man Eating Chicken ★ The Unbelievably Headless Woman ★ The Tattooed Lady ★ The Incredible Impenetrable Girl ★ The Beautiful Bearded Lady ★ The World's Strongest Man ★ Dr B.A. Shyster and his Medicine Show ★ The Fire Eating Marvel ★ The Siamese Twin Contortionists ★ The Painless Wonder ★
Descriptions & scripts of each of theses acts available upon request.
★ Carnival Cabaret Dancers (Solo, Duo or Full cast)
Our team of classically trained dancers incorporate contemporary & traditional movement, beautiful colourful costumes and playful fun music to create a that wow factor you are looking for at your event.
Themes available: Mardi Gras, Hawaiian, Brazilian Carnival, Belly Dance, Tribal and Vegas.
★ Beer Stein Girls
The beer stein show incorporates dance, thrilling stunts, music and specialty costumes to create a playful and unique performance and that wow factor your are looking for at your st patrick's day, october fest, hilly billy or medieval event. Show can also include, but is not limited to: fire eating, fire breathing, fire dance, hoop dance, magic, acrobatics and sideshow stunts.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Children's Entertainment ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
★ Kids Magic Show (Recommended for ages 5-9)
An interactive comedy magic show for the little ones with lots of interactive fun and engaging elements to keep the them glued to the show and jumping up and down in excitement.
★ Kids Circus Show (Recommended for ages 4-12)
A little circus for little people. Fun and silly comedy with juggling, hula hoops, spinning plates, balance props and a variety of interactive antics that will have the little ones screaming and shouting for more. Children learn a variety of circus terms and history and even have a chance to try a few props out themselves.
★ The Danger Show (Recommended for ages 5-12)
100% safe. Gross-ology and a variety of comedy danger stunts for kids with lots of slap stick and cool tricks. The perfect show for the hardest audience of all, little boys.
★ Bubble Show (Recommended for ages 3-10)
Creative and highly interactive show of mind-blowing bubble magic. Children will learn all about the science behind all the unbelievable bubble smithing fun. This show included a 25 minute live demo section and15 minutes of fun interactive play time.
★ Kids Circus Workshop (Recommended for ages 4 & Up)
Active learning through play and games. Children explore a wide variety of circus skills while building dexterity, creativity, hand-eye coordination and confidence. Workshops include all circus props, one coach and a small sound system for fun circus music to set the mood.
Ongoing Children's Entertainment
★ Balloon Artists
★ Face Painting
★ Caricature Artists
★ Airbrush Tattoos
★ Glitter Tattoos
★ Fairytale Princesses & Story Time
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Roving Acts & Atmosphere ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Either atop a podium or wandering amongst guests roving stilt walkers, stunt artists and fire dancers create an ongoing sense of spectacle and fun at your event.
★ Stilt Walkers
★ Fortune Tellers
★ Jugglers & Contact Jugglers
★ Close-Up Magicians
★ Table Stunts
★ Roving Characters & Impersonators
★ Advanced Balloon Sculptures
★ Face Painting & Caricature Artists
★ Vegas Show Girls
|Carisa Hendrix||Creative Director|
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