Circuses provide a great form of entertainment for all ages. It takes great talent, precision and timing to do the acrobatics and provide a great experience for the audience. Yet no two performances are alike and while everything may look ‘awesome’, it is no joke that something may go wrong, even with enough practice.
While performing in Rhode Island, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, a carabiner, like a lanyard, collapsed from the air with nine performers on it while performing an aerial hair-hanging stunt.
According to one source, the stunt is “called “hairialists” by the circus – hang “like a human chandelier” using their hair during the act. The performance is supposed to include choreography as well as spinning, hanging from hoops and rolling down wrapped silks while suspended 25 to 40 feet up.” This and many other challenging stunts were seen at the performance as well.
The structures that the performers were hanging from collapsed into three pieces causing many of the performers to be injured and they were from the United States, Brazil, Bulgaria and Ukraine and two are critically injured.
The circus officiates do not know how the structure broke. It is led to believe that a part may not have been put together properly and the performers were unaware of how many times the structure has been used.