5232 Other performers, n.e.c.

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Lead statement

This unit group includes circus performers, magicians, models, puppeteers and other performers not elsewhere classified. They are employed by circuses, nightclubs, and theatre, advertising and other production companies, or they may be self-employed.

Example Titles

  • acrobat
  • busker
  • circus performer
  • clown
  • fashion model
  • magician
  • puppeteer
  • ventriloquist


  • deejay (DJ) – turntablist

Main duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:


  • Entertain passers-by on sidewalks and in parks with magic tricks, juggling acts, short dramatic works, music and other entertaining displays.

Circus performers such as trapeze artists, high-wire walkers, clowns and jugglers

  • Entertain audiences with thrilling and humorous acts.

Magicians and illusionists

  • Perform sleight-of-hand tricks, disappearing acts and other illusions.

Fashion models

  • Display clothing and merchandise in commercials, advertisements and fashion shows and pose for artists and photographers.


  • Operate puppets and marionettes.

Employment requirements

  • Circus performers and acrobats may require a period of study at a circus school.
  • Completion of modelling courses is usually required for models.
  • Training for other occupations in this unit group is often obtained under the guidance of a practitioner.
  • Talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.
  • Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation or type or performance may be required.

Additional information

  • There is little mobility between the different occupations in this unit group.