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 explains some of the fundamental techniques and equipment used in flying trapeze. It was inspired by the popularity of the database of trapeze tricks that I have created over the past few years on flying-trapeze.com.
Alastair Pilgrim discovered flying trapeze while on vacation in Club Med Sandpiper as a teenager. He wasn't initially very talented at it, but after a week of determined effort he made his first Knee Hang catch and became addicted.
As soon as he was old enough, he became a Circus GO (instructor) for Club Med and has since travelled the world teaching trapeze, additionally working for Envol in Paris, Circomedia in Bristol, L'Atelier du Trapeze in Brussels and most recently as part of his own flying company, Red Hands.
He now lives in the Belgium.