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Monday, August 06, 2012 - British star Jim Carter keeps the crew working on Downton Abbey entertained between filming by teaching them circus tricks.

The 63 year old was a tightrope worker in his youth but gave up his trade to become an actor - although he does showcase his unusual talents while working on the hit period drama.

He tells Britain's Daily Express, "I went to a circus school in New York in the Seventies and I was a tightrope walker in my 20s but you might not think it to look at me now. I was a pretty good juggler and could ride

a unicycle and I did a magic act.

"I stepped back from all that when it started getting in the way of acting. I taught the runners on Downton Abbey to juggle and I have been known to do card tricks but my magic act was the worst in the world.

"I still occasionally do some magic, card tricks and juggling but I'm a

bit heavy for the tightrope. I don't think that I would want to venture on to the tightrope again. It would have to be a b**ody big one if I did."

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