More than your average clown in globe of death

Trapeze artist and lighting designer Jessie Mikie Grant and sound technician Corbin Lorac-Anderton.
Trapeze artist and lighting designer Jessie Mikie Grant and sound technician Corbin Lorac-Anderton.

NINO is not the average clown - not only will he make you laugh, but he also takes on the Globe of Death, with five other motorcyclists.

The globe of death achieved a Guinness World Record in 2011, for the most motorbikes in the smallest sphere cage.

With a diameter of 4m, he said it's an experience which comes with an indescribable adrenalin rush.

Nino is in Gladstone until September 6, performing with the Great Moscow Circus.

He has been familiar with the circus life since he was born, being a sixth generation clown.

"I grew up watching my dad backstage, and talking to people from the circus. That was normal to me," he said.

"My first clown appearance was when I was four years old.

"Since then I've learnt different things likeMore than acrobatics, handstands, how to ride a motorbike and now I've created my own character - Nino."

The crew practising their performances.
The crew practising their performances.

The Brazilian lives in America, but returned to Australia for the special string of shows celebrating the circus's 50th birthday.

Nino will be the MC and the clown at the circus.

But be warned, he will call an audience member on stage.

"Every person will have a different reaction to it.

"Some people want to be the clown," he laughed.

The show celebrates traditional Russian circus performances, including daredevil stunts, acrobats and animals.

Tickets to the show are available at The Great Moscow Circus website. The circus will perform 13 shows between today and September 6.



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