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infinite zest - 2014-05-04

Holy shit. According to the latest updates, nine people are in critical condition but none of the injuries are considered life threatening.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2014-05-04

Hopefully none are left paralyzed from this but I can't see a good outcome for the lower middle one.

infinite zest - 2014-05-04

"Suspended only by the oh shit." I do grant work for a local childrens' circus company and I really really hope this doesn't deter people from becoming circus performers like the Challenger deterred us kids who watched it live from becoming astronauts. Accidents like these are one in a million. My stars go out to everyone involved, may your recovery be swift.

memedumpster - 2014-05-04

Why did I watch this?

Cena_mark - 2014-05-04

When did Ringling Bros start trying to be like Cirque Du Soleil?

infinite zest - 2014-05-04

I was going to ask that too. I think I saw a Ringling Bros circus when I was like 2 or 3 so my memory's pretty fuzzy.. I think it changed themes from continent to continent, so it had the typical Ringmaster, Clowns and Elephants stuff but also more of a European "Circus Voltaire" vibe too. Yes, I equate everything to pinball machines.

A lot of it is probably to make it look less "exotic" for the sake of exotic, or "freakish" for the sake of freakish. I blame Katherine Dunn. Two Dunn references in one day. I'm on a roll.

Billy the Poet - 2014-05-04

Short answer: animal welfare is (rightly) much more of a consideration than it used to be, so there is more focus on acrobatic/aerialist performances.

CuteLucca - 2014-05-04

I'm actually surprised the ringmaster isn't talking to calm the audience. That's one of the most important jobs a ringmaster has in the circus, so him going silent here is really odd.

infinite zest - 2014-05-04

I think the mom's doing a pretty good job of that. If this was like The Great Willendas disaster that'd be a time to panic and a calming voice would have been helpful. This was so sudden that there's hardly time for anyone to either say "it's all part of the show folks" or "oh shit" and try to seek help.

Binro the Heretic - 2014-05-04

I read a news story about this and have NO desire to watch that video.

I could never enjoy the circus as a child because I was in absolute terror something like this would happen right in front of me.

SexualBasalt - 2014-05-05

what a baby pussy you are

infinite zest - 2014-05-05

Back when I used to sing Opera (later I worked as Arts Admin) we were doing Aida and got an actual circus elephant who did everything right until opening night where s/he (can't remember the gener) flipped out and took a shit on stage and fell halfway into the orchestra pit so I can relate to not wanting to see this.

infinite zest - 2014-05-05

another time we were doing.. can't remember off the top of my head, one of those Operas where EVERYBODY DIES AT THE END which is most Operas, anyway the principal soprano is supposed to commit suicide by jumping off the stage into a strategically placed cushion, which unfortunately worked more like a bouncehouse. She sprung back up and out of the orchestra pit into the first row of the audience, injuring herself and 4 others. Sounds funny in hindsight but pretty terrifying when it happened.

Robin Kestrel - 2014-05-05

Suspended only by a string.

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