Flying Trapeze

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Trapeze, Flying


in the circus, an act of aerial gymnastics. It consists of leaps by a gymnast from one trapeze to another or from a trapeze to the hands of a partner (catcher). The act was created in 1859 by the French performer J. Léotard, who installed trapezes at a low height. Later the apparatus was placed under the dome of the circus. Acrobats now perform cross-leaps and as many as three somersaults in the air.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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