YESTERDAY'S TOWNS

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Three years at CWM made me a real traditionalist, and I keep remembering Bob Parkinson saying, "I want the people to see what the circus used to be, not what it is today. That's what this site is about!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

SNAPSHOT: NO LANDING STRIP


Here hanging the rigging was the same as indoors, and a relief to not have to put up the poles, the hard part was getting down at the end of the act. We climb down ropes as the rigging descends, and are usually still revolving at a pretty good speed when we reach the ground. If it had not been for some pretty good cooperation between us and our ground help, coming down in the middle of the sloping seating area would have made the term "break a leg " take on a whole new meaning.This is on a Gunnar Amandis produced Circus in Ottowa, about 1979.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Lee said...

When I was a cloud awing star{yea right}The hardest thing I've ever done was to hang the rigging! I hated it, and if I was going to die as an aerialist it would have been while hanging the rigging!!!!

7/09/2006 10:47 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Did you know that is how Henri Kimris' brother Leon died? Leon was originally in the act, he was injured in a fall during the dress rehearsal of the stage presentation of Billy Rose's "Jumbo". Later while hanging the rigging in St Paul, on Orrin Davenport he fell from the girders. Clarence Marine once showed me the spot where he hit the corner of the stage,(like it was something I wanted to see).

7/09/2006 12:13 PM  

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