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9 Ringling Acrobats Hurt in Fall

Performers dropped between 25 and 40 feet

(Newser) - Nine acrobats were seriously injured today after falling 25 to 40 feet from an aerial platform during a circus performance, a safety official said. The accident happened at around 11:45am during the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus' Legends show at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. Providence... More »

Cirque du Soleil Acrobat Hurt in 'Wheel of Death' Stunt

Just days after $25K fine imposed in June death of acrobat

(Newser) - Cirque du Soleil's "Wheel of Death" stunt got a little too real Friday night, when an acrobat slipped during a performance at Las Vegas' Aria Resort and ended up in the hospital. The performer, who CNN reports has not been named, is in stable condition and is expected... More »

Blindfolded Acrobat Survives 650-Foot Fall

6th-generation acrobat, Aisikaier was going for world record

(Newser) - A blindfolded Chinese acrobat attempting to walk backward on a tightrope for 2,300 feet across a 650-feet-deep gorge with no safety harness fell just short of his goal—and survived with just minor injuries, reports the Telegraph . The tightrope walker, Aisikaier, tumbled with just 130 feet to go, but... More »

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