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The news of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey`s circus accident today shocked me. I have friends who work with the show and I am deeply saddened to have heard the reports of what happened. During the blue unit`s show this morning in Rhode Island, 8 aerialists plummeted from the air during a live performance.
Ringling has three traveling circus shows: blue unit (Legends), red unit (Built To Amaze), and gold unit (Super Heroes). I`ve spent most of my time with the blue unit, which is the show that had the accident.
About three quarters of the way through the show, 8 girls hang by their hair in midair, attached to a rigging that keeps them together (see my pictures). During the show today, the entire rigging somehow came down, dropping the girls 25-40 feet to the floor and on top of a dancer who was below them. The lights were brought down as the floor crew and other performers rushed to the rescue.
The performers were taken to the hospital in ambulances. Thankfully, no one died. The rest of the shows for the day were cancelled and all further aerial performances are being pulled from the show for the time-being.
Circus friends are like family and I truly hope that everyone on the blue unit makes a quick recovery. Send your positive thoughts their way!
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