The Story of Spencer

“Yeah, apparently they like the fact that I’m willing to almost kill and mangle myself every round”

Spencer Horsman was born in the entertainment business. Both of his parents, Ken & Mary Horsman, were both former Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns as well as Ronald McDonald for 20 years. Spencer was introduced to magic when he was 4 years old when his father opened his magic shop.

While performing with dad, Spencer started learning ventriloquism at age 8 and at that point started traveling & performing nationwide. A child prodigy at 15, Spencer had already made feature appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jerry Springer Show, Talk Soup, The Statler Brothers Show as well as performing with David Copperfield & Lance Burton in Las Vegas.

Now at 27, Spencer continues to entertain audiences all over the world with his extremely witty and engaging stage show including a tour of Japan. He has performed for high profile stars including Ray Lewis, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Dan Aykroyd, Neal Patrick Harris, Jason Alexander, Chazz Palminteri, Kenny Ortega & Steve Forbes.


World’s Youngest Escape Artist


America’s Got Talent, Season 7


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 #HappyMothersDay Now you all can see who I get my height from (hint: I'm only 5'5")!  Photo with mom that we took together a couple of weeks ago. Like my father, my mother was also a clown in #ringlingbros circus. Dad was from MD and mom from OK. That's there they met, got married and settled back in Baltimore where I was born a few years later. She flew up from FL so we could see the final weeks of the circus before it closed (something that my parents and I attended every year it was in town). #mothersday #mom #like #circus #clown #motherandson  Yesterday marked 1 year since my father's passing. One year of a lot of firsts. First Father's Day I wasn't able to wish him. First Thanksgiving & Christmas without him. First of our birthdays where we didn't get wish each other. First time not being able to bounce a new ideas off each other be it in person or via phone at 2am. Countless other firsts and many more to come. Some that don't even hit me till that moment. Thank you to all of the (old & new) friends (and family that have been there for me these past 12 months. For either checking in on me or being directly involved in my life in one way or the other. I hope you all know who you are. I know I sometimes don't say thank you enough but know everything has been appreciated. Thank you. And for those of you that ghosted and/ or dropped the fucking ball after my father passed without explanation, Thank You all as well. It's made the challenge of weeding out the unnecessary drama and situations in my life easier. No hard feelings. Life is short. For those that have read this far, thank you. I leave you with this poem by Rudyard Kipling titled 'If' If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they  Today is my late father's birthday (he would have been 59). What can you say about someone who has always been one of the most essential parts of your world, someone who took you by the hand when you were little & helped to show the way? What do you say about someone who stood by to help you grow, providing love, strength & support, so you could become the person you are today? What can you say about him to let others know he was the best there was & that hope you've inherited some of his wisdom & strength? What words could you say? Maybe all I can say is, I love you Dad & miss you every day - and hope everyone understands. #dad #birthday #rip #love #missyou #son #likefatherlikeson #stillhurts #fuckcancer  I'm overjoyed to introduce this little guy to you all. Everyone, meet Loki ! He has been living with me for a little over a week & I just signed the adoption papers today! He's around 5 months old & 7.5lbs. He loves everyone (human & non human) he comes across. Haven't a clue as to what mix of breeds or possibly other animals for that matter he is. Pomeranian & Fox? Haha. Can't wait for the DNA test. Crazy fact! Keep reading please! He only been in the USA for 2 1/2 weeks! A local group was started here in Baltimore a year ago called @WingsOfLoveKuwait by a flight attendant & a number of other volunteers that decided to rescue & help the abused/ abandoned / neglected dogs in Kuwait & rehoming them in the United States. In just 12 months, they have done so for over 140 dogs! Please be sure to follow them on Facebook (Wings of Love, Kuwait). The organization & individuals involved are amazing. The dogs they have been bringing over are even more amazing & range from large/small, young/ old, male/ female, etc. I don't openly endorse a lot of people and/or groups but Please give them a follow! Come to a social event, donate & of course adopt! #doggydaddy #adopt #dog #puppy #pet #animal #doglover #dontshopadopt #like #follow #cute #selfiesunday #selfie  Two months today... #dad #father #fuckcancer #fuckmelanoma #melanoma #loss #dayatatime  #HappyFathersDay to all the past, present & future fathers. (FYI - Long Post continued in comments but promise it'll bring a smile to your face) It's been just over a month since I lost mine. I've been haunted by the coming of this holiday for weeks. The constant reminders via advertising in malls, TV & radio to "not forget your father on Father's Day." Only those who aren't/ weren't close to them need reminding. As for the rest of us, words can never describe the love we have for & from this individual in our lives. With that, I lack words of my own to write on this day. Instead I'm going to share with you the eulogy that Steve Friedman, my closest friend & "brother", presented at dad's funeral. For those of you that knew dad, you know all this to be spot on. For those of you who never had the pleasure of meeting him, you should have a perfect image of him as a person, entertainer & most importantly, a father.  Not yet sure where or what that place may be. Not sure who will be there. Not sure when things will fall back into place. If they do, it will surely be in a different arrangement. Many options and possibilities....  Two weeks today since his passing. You are missed more & more every day. It all still doesn't feel or seem real... #clown #dad #father #fatherandson #rip #melanoma #melanomaawareness #fuckcancer #throwbackthursday  10:50am, May 12th, 2016 #RIP #father #dad #melanoma #fuckcancer #fuckmelanoma  #Father #Dad #FuckCancer #JohnsHopkins #Melanoma  I hope everyone was able to share today with family & loved ones along with tons of good feeling & great food. Merry Christmas everyone (and yes I say it to anyone & everyone during this season no matter what religion you are. It's a holiday greeting & isn't meant to offend you. If it offends you feel free to fall down my chimney).  "Don't chase success, whatever that may be. Granted its meaning is different to each & every person yet one thing still rings true- To be successful at anything, one must sacrifice (even sacrifice reads before success in the dictionary). Become the best version of yourself first & then those things will eventually come."  #HappyThanksgiving to all! Hope everyone had a wonderful day - sitting back, being thankful for the friends and/ or family they chose to spend time with & of course hopefully are tons and tons of amazing food!  And that's a wrap! Another successful week with #TheSupernaturalists & #CrissAngel here @foxwoods #casino in #connecticut ! Love the audiences & employees here! Looking forward to returning again in December! This candid was photo taken courtesy of the hilarious Penny Wiggins @ohtototoo during intermission fresh from my water tank). Look close & you can see my mid show snack of choice @nutsnmore_the_brand almond butter. Mmm.  #HappyHalloween ! Unfortunately, due to all going on with my father the last handful of days, I was unable to plan a costume. Instead here's my #escapeartist alto ego from #TheSupernaturalists. Fitting photo comparison since the legendary #HarryHoudini passed away on Halloween night at the age of 52 in 1926.  For those of you unaware: This is a X-Ray of my father's lungs as of this morning (what you see are two EKG monitors on his chest & in his left lung, right in photo, a 2.5ft drainage tube weaved down to the base of his lung). Why? Yesterday morning my father underwent a 3 hour thoracic surgery to remove 2 melanoma cancer spots (one of which was 3cm in size) and the surrounding dead lung tissue from his lower left lung. As some of you may remember, my father was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma 2.5 years ago. After having the initial site & surrounding lymph nodes in his chest cleared via surgery, he was free and clear of any sign of the cancer for 9 months. At the start of 2015 it came back & metastasized in his lungs, 15 spots in total. Stage 4. He began a new trial treatment, Immunotherapy, in March here at Hopkins every 2-3 weeks (the therapy essentially takes the brakes off your immune system & boosts the attacking power of your white bloods cells to combat the cancer themselves). Some people's bodies respond. Some don't. Since dad has always been so healthy, his body responded faster than the doctors anticipated & 12 out of the 15 spots vanished! (Continuation in comments below)  3 shows here with @thesupernaturalistslive at the @PabstTheater in #Milwaukee #Wisconsin Wonderfully enthusiastic audiences. Plus another beautiful theater (this one was built in 1895). Tons of little tunnels & corridors to explore under the stage. Trivia: What famous #magician moved here to Milwaukee when he was 8 years old?  Just wrapped our 3rd and final show here at the historic @TaftTheater in Cincinnati, Ohio with @thesupernaturalistslive (with fellow cast member & the illusionist from the show @landonswank ). Heading out tomorrow morning for Akron!


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