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Monday, February 28, 2011

Circus Showcases Youngest High-Wire Performer
12-Year-Old Girl Performs Stunts At Omaha's Civic Auditorium
February 27, 2011
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Shrine Circus wrapped up its weekend performance at Omaha's Civic Auditorium on Sunday, and the audience said a 12-year-old high-wire performer has caught their attention.
Briana Phelps, of the world-renowned Wallenda Troupe, performed death-defying stunts, balancing on a highwire 30 feet in the air, and the audience said they loved it.
Phelps is currently the youngest person to perform the 30-foot high-wire stunt.
“I perform the high-wire and I do chair pyramids, which I'm the youngest person in history to perform. There's not a lot of people who can do (what I do), and I think it feels great,” Phelps said.
But Phelps said she just started performing two years ago, but it was as natural as learning how to walk.
“I've always wanted to be up high, climbing trees and always doing daring stuff,” Phelps said.
Phelps said she doesn't know how long she'll perform and when she'll choose a normal high school life, but right now, she loves the audience gasping and cheering for her.
“It's just really, really fun. I meet a lot of people, and it's just really fun,” Phelps said.
Phelps said she's always confident, but not overly so; training keeps her grounded -- even in the air.

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