Reporter Alan Woods inside the Globe of Death.
by Alan Woods
29th May 2013
The American Circus rolls into Gravesend today. Reporter ALAN WOODS put his life on the line as he stepped into the show’s star act – the terrifying Globe of Death.
WALKING into the big top, most circus-goers are excited about the clowns and acrobats whilst tucking into their popcorn or candyfloss and inhaling the scent of sawdust.
But for me, I knew I was minutes away from having a motorbike raced inches away from my head at speeds of up to 40mph.
The Globe of Death is the grand finale act at Uncle Sam’s American Circus and features three South American daredevils – known as the Medina Riders - flying around a metal globe.
Alan Woods and Abraham Medina in the Globe of Death.
Mexican rider Abraham Medina, 27, who joined me in the globe, has been cheating death as part of this act since childhood when his father introduced him to it.
He has been touring the country with the show for five years and during his career, he has collected a list of injuries including a dislocated shoulder and several broken bones.
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