Terrifying moment trapeze artist plummets 23 feet from whirling ‘Wheel of Death’ mid-performance as audience screams at Hungarian circus
- Raul Alexander fell from the top of the stunt on September 30
- After initially losing consciousness, he emerged with “no serious injuries.”
A 25-year-old trapeze artist fell 7 meters from the top of a ‘Wheel of Death’ circus act in Hungary but miraculously survived the terrifying incident amid screams from the crowd.
Raul Alexander survived after flying from the spinning device on September 30 during a performance in Hodmezovasarhely, southeastern Hungary.
Despite the accident and the trauma since then, he has maintained that he plans to continue performing once he has fully recovered.
Phone footage from an audience member shows the stunt starting as planned, with two performers moving two connected wheels in a circle, before Mr Alexander gasps from the crowd.
With no safety net to land on, he crashes to the ground and is unable to get back up as the crowd screams.
Raul Alexander, 25, fell from the ‘Wheel of Death’ (pictured) during a September 30 performance in Hungary
The fall was 25 feet and miraculously, after an initial loss of consciousness, Mr Alexander emerged with ‘no serious injuries’.
The young El Salvadorian reportedly lost consciousness after flying off the top of the 80-foot wheel.
After the incident, he could barely breathe for a short time from the pain caused by the fall, but he managed to survive without “serious injuries, except for one or two bruises,” according to the circus’ Facebook page.
Ringmaster Florian Richter told local media: “He lost his hands and feet on the ring, slipped and fell out just as the Wheel of Death was at its highest point.”
Mr Alexander said he had had pain in his shoulder, leg and ribs, and a lot of anxiety, since the accident.
Despite all that, he said he wants to continue performing, but will spend more time preparing and extensive training to ensure he does it perfectly next time.
Meanwhile, the Florian Richter Circus continues its tour, after wishing Mr Alexander a speedy recovery, in Bekescsaba until October 8.