World-Famous Beale Street Flippers. Photo by Phillip Parker.Historic Beale Street Entertainment District. Photo by Vasha Hunt.

Beale Street Flippers

Attractions
Description

The Beale Street Flippers are one of the most popular entertainers on Beale – without strumming a guitar or belting out the Blues. Crowds line the cobblestone street to cheer on this group of athletes who flip their way for tips.

You almost have to see what they do to believe it. They have taken a simple handspring and made it into an art form. With strength and grace, they begin at one end of the street and flip for what seems forever. They go from landing on both hands to literally flipping in the air without using their hands at all. They seem to fly over their teammates who line up to make a human hurdle. It truly is amazing.

In 1987, a 6-year-old boy named Rarecas Bond saw where he could earn money for candy entertaining visitors coming in and out of the clubs. Now he manages a group of over a dozen flippers who perform at halftime shows for the NBA and at events throughout the country. The flippers were semi-finalists on season 4 of America’s Got Talent. Tommie Bonds (Rarecas’ brother) holds the Guiness World Record in Germany for the longest back flip by flipping over 7 people which totaled 12 feet, 3 inches.

Trivia: Remember Tom Cruise in “The Firm?” Rarecas Bond was 11 years old when he flipped down Beale Street with Tom’s character, Mitch McDeere.

Interested in booking the Beale Street Flippers? Contact the Resource Entertainment Group at 901-543-1155. 

Amenities
  • Area
    • Downtown
  • Facility Amenities
    • Free Admission
Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103