Circus Performer Falls In Front of Crowd


A circus performer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is recovering after falling 20-30 feet Saturday night during a live performance at World Arena in Colorado Springs.

The accident happened during the 3 p.m. show. The performer was practicing during a routine setup on the double wheel, when something went wrong, according to a circus spokesperson.

Witnesses say he flew off the wheel and fell to the ground. When it was safe, emergency responders transported the unidentified man to the hospital.

The circus spokesperson says he has been released from the hospital. The performer suffered hip and wrist contusions, and will miss the remaining shows in Colorado Springs. The wheel act has been cancelled for Sunday's performances.

Production manager for the circus, Chantal Stringer, says that the performer was outside a wheel that rotates on an axis preparing for an act when he plunged onto what circus-goer John Flores described as a thin piece of padding.

The performer's name has not been released.

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  • by Ambulance Chaser on Jun 12, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    I wonder when the lawsuits will start? for emotional distress after witnessing such an horrible event.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    Could not believe they had to witness such a terrible act so they went home and watched TV or better yet played video games. Murder, rape, torture etc. right at your fingertips. Man our society has some serious issues.
  • by bobbi Location: Co Springs on Jun 12, 2011 at 09:58 AM
    I was on the second row just 10 feet away from the accident. He fell out after a loud snap from a wire that was holding the circles stable. What was so scary was that he fell head first and didn't land on anything that could have broke his fall better. I hope he is doing ok, that was so scary to watch. Luckily my son didn't understand how bad it could have been.
  • by Rick Location: springs on Jun 12, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    I wont take my kids to see captive animals perform EVER!!!!I hope the individual that fell is OK!
  • by anonymous Location: colo springs on Jun 12, 2011 at 01:01 AM
    type in ringling brothers and go to ringling brothers circus over the top crulety video on the right of the screen. we will never go the circus again after seeing that!!
  • by anonymous Location: colo springs on Jun 12, 2011 at 12:45 AM
    @kktv, your video is all subaru commercial. and people say citizens are the dumb ones.
  • by anonymous Location: colo springs on Jun 12, 2011 at 12:41 AM
    I find it hard to believe that he suffered only hip and wrist contusions after falling 30 feet. how can he be in good spirits? you have to make it look good and keep the money rolling in, on with the show. is he just another animal in your circus?
  • by Anonymous Location: Springs on Jun 11, 2011 at 09:30 PM
    Mike: anti-government much? ura moron.
  • by Jay Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 11, 2011 at 09:24 PM
    I was there in the 4th row, and saw the whole event. There was a cable that snapped and let the structure tilt isntantly dropping the performer to the ground. Unfortunately he missed the lare protective mats, and hit directly on the 3 inch rubber paded concrete. He was unable to manuver in the free fall and landed flat on the ground with a horrendous crack! He laid still for several min., his partner being the first to leap to his side. The performer was motionless for about five to seven min. and then he began to turn his head and respond to his partner. The EMT's applied a neck brace and back board. He was removed from the floor about twenty min after the incident.
  • by Amanda Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 11, 2011 at 08:56 PM
    I was sitting right in front of him when it happened. The sound he made did not indicate he was in good spirits. The mat he landed on was barely an inch thick. It was so horrible that my family and I had to leave. How can you enjoy a show after witnessing an accident like that?
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