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Incredible Balancing Acts & Tightrope Walking

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Up on the Roof: Not for the Faint of Heart

If you've seen Harold Lloyd's classic comedy "Safety Last", you may remember his daredevil stunts of dangling from skyscraper clock's minute hand at a dizzying height and generally climbing without any significant support, producing huge thrills and frights. Today we are going to see more vintage and modern examples of such mind-bending balance, done for the camera (without any computer and special effects):

(man balancing on a piece of wood on the roof of a skyscraper 1939 (some say, Harold Lloyd himself?), photo via)

Here is another twist on this dangerous "game of chairs", all performed in the 1920s-1930s:

(images via)

American equilibrist J. Reynolds, performing acrobatic and balancing acts on high cornice above 9th Street N.W." in 1917:

(left image via)

Another insane chair balancing stunt was recently performed by French equilibrist Henri Rechatin in Moscow, overlooking the Red Square - see video here:

(images via)

Here is another balancing act involving chairs, this time performed by Chinese acrobats:

(image credit: Henry Atkinson)

And finally, here is an insane acrobat performance on a ledge of the Empire State Building, photographed by Otto Bettman in 1934:

(image via)


These are fabricated balancing situations - created by Chinese artist Li Wei:

(images via)

"Li Wei states that these images are not computer montages, but that he uses mirrors, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics".

(images via)


Extreme Heights Tightrope Walking Feats

The following beautiful, atmospheric image was captured by French photographer Sylvain Emmanuel Prieur:

(image credit: Sylvain Emmanuel Prieur, via)

Extreme slackline walking in Austria, by the Australian daredevil Michael Kemeter:

(image via)

Not tightroping, but a BASE jumping platform using a vertigo-inducing suspended bridge in Gimmelwald, Switzerland:

(images via)

And then, there is a newly popular activity among photographers and urban explorers: rooftopping. One of the masters of this extreme approach to photography is Tom Ryaboi (see more of his work here):

(images credit: Tom Ryaboi)


"All in a Day's Work" Balancing

This kind of maintenance requires great balancing skills and no fear of heights:

More "balancing during construction" madness:

Looks like this man is doing something wrong:

People in Sri Lanka mastered a very special "Balancing Act" for simple fishing purposes:

(image credit: Exodus.co.uk)



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Anonymous Paul said...

These picture only go to prove that fear is a state of mind...

The question is, can it be learned or is it innate...

Either way they are inspiring.

Blogger CrowKing said...

goddamn my palms are sweating!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, Michael Kemeter is the Austrian daredevil, not the Australian (it's kind of a running gag in Austria to mistake Austria for Australia)


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