Although we are principally acrobatic gymnasts, we always wanted to make our performance a bit special, so we learned how to deal with beds of nails, glass and swords as a base for our acrobatic features. If that sounds like boasting, don’t believe it! To many people, the sight of bare flesh being pushed down on to a hundred nails with two or three of your mates balancing on you may look pretty scary, but the truth is, if you understand a bit of physics and biology and go carefully, it’s pretty easy stuff. But maybe I’d better say ‘don’t try this at home’ unless you seek out some professional help!
As for blades, it’s slightly more complex but, so long as you don’t allow the blades to move across your skin, you’re OK. Did you ever try to slice bread without moving the knife back and forward..?
Not wishing to be too boastful about our group (yet!), here instead are three pix of a Russian group called STEELKAST – I’ve posted a link to their site, along with the site of a couple of their acrobatic friends, the extraordinary Kalutskikh Brothers who are acrobats and contortionists. These boys are totally amazing, as a quick YouTube search will reveal.