Excuse Me Ma’am, Do You Know How To Drive This Thing? Cirque Style Safety

Posted by: on October 11, 2011

ImaginAerial with the rigging team from Hall Associates Rigging FX

When you ask us, “Are you insured?” we suspect that what you really want to know is, “Are you insured? And is this safe? Is it scary? Have you ever fallen? How do I know you won’t land on my Aunt Daffodil?” Fear not, mah peeps! We’re going to break it down for you.

Is this safe?

Well, it is circus after all, but you have to figure that if we were constantly getting injured, no one would do it! We have spent the past decade training hard (getting up half an hour before we went to bed, eight days a week, through the snow, uphill both ways, etc.), and take what we do very seriously. We don’t work with amateurs or “green” performers for precisely this reason.

“But None Of The Other Companies Had A Problem With That!”

Dear Friend, we cringe when we hear those words. Usually, it’s when we are asked to do something we know compromises the safety of performers or audience, like perform directly over people’s heads without a safety wire, over tables, shark tanks, etc. Allow me to be candid – those other companies are cuckoo! Believe me, we want to perform over your shark tank (really!), but these things have to be done in a safe way, cause you know if we land on Aunt Daffodil, you’ll never hear the end of it.

Do You Use A Net?

Nope! For what we do, a net would actually be more dangerous than a fall! We use safety wires when appropriate or required by law (swinging trapeze, for example), but more often than not, these things actually get in the way and can do more harm than good.

Our Crackerjack Rigging Dudes

How do you know it won’t be raining aerialists at your event? The Fly Guys, that’s how! We’ve assembled a dream team of riggers and specialists whose very existence revolves around keeping us safely in the air and your venue intact. In all seriousness, they’re phenomenal at what they do, and they smell really good (BONUS). Shout out to Bill Auld (the only rigger I’ve ever managed to get in a head lock – it’s a long story), Tony Bonilla from B&W Rigging, our NYC go-to man with the great hat, and the rest of The Fly Guys – we couldn’t do it without you.

Well, I hope that answers a few of your questions! As always, feel free to zap us an email or give us a ring – we’ll have coffee and talk.

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