By ELLEN JONES
Photo STEVE GOSCH
THROW knives at his fiancee and riding a motorcycle in the Globe of Death are just some of the things Alfredo Silva does during an average day at work.
The sixth generation circus performer says that a life on the road and a job which pushes his body to its limits are normal to him.
Mr Silva was one of the performers in the Great Moscow Circus who thrilled 6500 people during seven shows in Orange, with the circus adding an extra show yesterday afternoon due to the high demand for tickets.
The 29-year-old Brazilian performs as a juggler, illusionist and Globe of Death rider in the show.
The Globe of Death has been a special talent in his family, with his grandfather performing the death-defying act until the age of 64.
He explained the years of practice which go into the finely-tuned performance.
“You have to start from the bottom,” he said. “You have to get used to the dizziness. Once you go around about three times you don’t know where you are. You start with a pushbike and it takes many, many hours. If you make a mistake in this, you don’t get back up again.”
Mr Silva started riding in the Globe of Death at age nine.
An important aspect of his job is taking care of himself.
“I don’t smoke, I don’t drink much, I eat healthy food,” he said. “I do performances, training, and I go to the gym. You need to keep your body responding to your brain.”
Mr Silva will stay with the Moscow Circus next year and is working on a knife-throwing performance with his fiancee.
While his lifestyle might seem foreign, Mr Silva says it is all he knows.
“I was born in the circus and I hope I will die in the circus,” he said.
“I don’t want to do anything else with my life. When I go away from it, I am lost. “
Circus general manager Greg Hall said the show had received an incredible response in Orange.
“We only had six shows and due to unbelievable pressure we had to add another show. It was just sell-out after sell-out, and the crowds really got into it,” he said.
The Great Moscow Circus will now travel to Bathurst.