Circus Ups and Downs

By Alan B. Combs

A young man from an ancient and honorable Circus Acrobatic Family married and wanted his children to follow in the family tradition. As it happened he had three daughters. These girls were athletic enough, but he wanted them to have an act that was modern and unique, yet containing elements of the old school.

After some thought, they worked out an act where the girls jumped off a sixteen-meter platform over a swimming pool while performing tricks with those old-fashioned spinning toys on a string. Around the world, walking the dog, over the waterfalls, all the classics and others, the girls did these while doing the most difficult coordinated gyrations on their way down to the water. They were a very successful act.

In his later years, the man was asked to write a book about how this act came about. He did and called it, “Diving Secrets of the Yo-Yo Sisterhood.”

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