A circus is an interesting thing to watch. There are numerous emotions that come with watching a circus performance, and the adrenaline rush is always at its peak. People are always holding their hearts in their hands hoping that no accident happened. This is because some of the circus accidents are the scariest accidents on earth. Below are some of the circus accidents that resulted in death.
Checkout the top 9 Most Dreadful Circus Accidents From The Past That Resulted In Death
9. Sarah Guyard-Guillot death (2013)
Sarah was a talented circus performer, and her specialty was in aerial acrobat. She was part of the Cirque de Soleil entertainment company that had roots in Canada. This company was known to combine the traditional circus aspects with modern features, and this made their performances the most outstanding ones. Sarah was an experienced circus performer, and if the cable she was using during the performance had not given way, she would still be here. Sarah, who was a mother of two, was 90feet above the ground as she was ready for the scene she had prepared. Suddenly, she fell to the ground because the cable was too weak to hold her. Sarah met her untimely death while on her way to the hospital.
8. Dessi Espana death in 2004
Dessi was a star and a common face in the circus show. She was many people’s favorite performer because of the grace she had while performing. She was also a beautiful woman who had the attention of many. Dessi was raised in a family of circus performers, and she was good at what she did. She secured a place in the Guinness book of records for being the first artist to perform with 75 hula loops at the same time. Dessi met her untimely accident in 2004 when she fell on her head from 30 feet high while performing. The error was in the technical mechanism that did not hold the chiffon correctly leading to her death. This was indeed a bad day for everyone who witnessed this star’s death.
7. Eva Garcia (2003)
Eva was a beautiful and spirited aerial acrobat who entertained a lot of people present at every show she was performing. Eva had a love for the circus, and she started her career in a circus while she was as young as seven years. This shows that she had mastered her art or aerial acrobat. This is why many people never really understood what happened because she was great at what she did. Even so, accidents do happen. Eva Garcia met her untimely death at Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth, England. Apparently, she did not secure her grip over the wire that was above her head. This made her fall to the ground from 20 feet up. A total of 800 people who were present witnessed her death. The rest of the artists were affected by her death because the team was like a family.
6. The Flying Wallendas (1962)
The Wallendas were well-known circus performers, and they were many people’s favorite group particularly because they performed as a family. They had been involved in many accidents, but none were as dangerous as this one. While they were performing in Detroit at the Shrine Circus, the leading man lost control, and all the seven performers fell. Richard Faughnan and Dieter Schepp passed away on the spot while others were severely injured. This was a terrible accident. Even so, the descendants and relatives of the Wallendas still perform in circus shows.
5. Duluth Lynching (1920)
This is a tragedy that befell James Robinson’s circus workers. Irene Tusken (19years) and James Sullivan (18years) went to see how the circus wagon was being loaded by African-American workers. Later in the night, Irene claimed that she was sexually abused by six men that belonged to the circus group. The police immediately arrested the men and kept them in holding. Later, a mob went to the holding place and broke in. Three men; Elias Clayton, Almer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie were found guilty by the mob, and they were tied to a pole and lynched to death. The mob was later punished, but the punishment did not be-fit the crime.
4. Mary, the elephant (1916)
Mary was an elephant that had been performing with her master for quite some time. She was famous, and the two made a great team. However, in the year 1916, Mary killed her handler Red Eldridge by squashing the handler. The reason behind this was never really clearly stated. It led to a lot of controversies because some claimed that her handler used to mistreat her and was poking at her which led Mary to have an angry reaction killing her handler. Some others said that she wanted to try out something new but ended up in tragedy. Whatever the case, the death of Red Eldridge led to the hanging of Mary with the use of a crane. Two great circus performers died. 2,500 people gathered to witness the execution of Mary.
3. Otto Kline (1915)
Otto Kline was a famous horse riding acrobat. He was many people’s favorite circus performer because of the amazing stunts that he pulled in the Barnum and Bailey circus shows. He was famous for swinging from the side while holding the saddle of a running horse. His feet would always touch the ground. However, in the year 1915, he did not hold the saddle firmly and as he was swinging her ended being flung because of the force generated. His skull was severely fractured because of the impact. Kline dies that day but later in the night.
2. The Wallace Brothers circus train accident (1903)
This accident happened due to a brakes failure. The Wallace brothers used circus trains to entertain their audience. In this year, things went sideways, and many lives were lost both of animals and human beings. One train had come to a halt and the train tracks. The other train conductor saw this as well as the light that was supposed to act as a warning signal and even though he tried to stop, he could not. The reason behind this was failed brakes. Around thirty circus employees died that day, and twenty-seven others got injured.
1. The Lion Tamer (1872)
A famously known lion tamer known as Massarti (real name Thomas MacCarte) was one man who had guts. We all know that a lion is an animal nobody wants to be messing with. This man had control over Lions. He would perform with them and entertain a multitude of people with the acts he could pull off. Massarti lost an arm to the lions but never gave up on his career and passion for being a circus performer. However, tragedy struck in the year 1872 when these animals turned against him and devoured his body. He was performing, and the audience was forced to watch helplessly because they could not do anything to save him. Tyrant, the name of one of the Lions grabbed him by the hip, another took a bite of his ribs, and the last one tore his scalp open. It must have been a painful death.
The death of these performers left many people sad because they had a special place in the people’s hearts. Indeed, these men and women were great artists. It is a sad thing that they had to meet untimely deaths. Long live their names.