Flying Trapeze was invented in 1859 by Jules Leotard and first performed at the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris. It soon became one of the most popular and impressive acts of traditional circuses. Its popularity as an amateur sport in schools, camps and resorts worldwide is a more recent phenomenon, arguably due to the early amateur clubs such as the Imperial Flyers in Denver and the introduction of the flying trapeze programme at Club Med in the 1980s. Today there are over 200 amateur schools worldwide across six continents.
This book was inspired by the popularity of the database of trapeze tricks that I have created over the past few years on flying-trapeze.com and by the success of my first book, The Fundamentals of Flying Trapeze.
Alastair Pilgrim discovered flying trapeze while on vacation in Club Med Sandpiper as a teenager. He later became a Circus GO (instructor) for Club Med and has since travelled the world teaching trapeze and running his own flying company, Red Hands.
This book also includes contributions from Tim Cayrol, an experienced performing-arts physiotherapist and trapeze instructor.
Tim and Alastair both live in Belgium, and fly together at l'Atelier du Trapeze in Brussels.