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O’Reilly’s cir­cus per­for­mance brings out the fear fac­tor

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JUST the thought of stand­ing on a 20 foot tall plat­form is enough to make most peo­ple scared, but not for North Bur­nett cir­cus per­former Ty­rone O’Reilly.

Af­ter com­ing up with the idea of do­ing a hand­stand on top of a wind­mill six months ago, his trick fi­nally came to life.

The cir­cus per­former also man­aged to fit in some jug­gling and rollerblad­ing.

Young­ster Jor­dan Kielly gave the wind­mill climb a go as well, but left the tricks to Mr O’Reilly.

SIT­TING 20 feet high on top of a wind­mill, Ty­rone O’Reilly’s feet flew in the air as he did his sig­na­ture hand­stand on a chair.

The Monto cir­cus per­former has added a new stunt series to his trick port­fo­lio, and it comes with an aero­dy­namic el­e­ment.

The idea of do­ing tricks on top of the wind­mill out­side Monto Land­care Build­ing arose about six months ago.

“The prob­lem was, we didn’t know how to do it safely un­til re­cently when we built a stand-alone plat­form for an­other trick,” he said.

“In that other trick, I slide down a zip line and breathe fire.

“Be­cause the plat­form was nice and steady, it gave us the op­por­tu­nity to try the hand­stand stunt.”

But even for the sea­soned pro­fes­sional, the height was a fear fac­tor.

“The first time I went up on the plat­form, I nearly threw up,” O’Reilly said.

“It took me about five min­utes to get my head around the height and start jug­gling, af­ter that it was fine. It’s all about con­fi­dence.”

Though O’Reilly can’t take the wind­mill it­self to his per­for­mances, this new height idea has opened up op­por­tu­ni­ties. “If we have a plat­form or a se­cure struc­ture, and some­where where we can tie off for safety, then I can do these tricks pretty much any­where,” he said.

“I’m try­ing to fig­ure out how to put them in a proper show.”

While do­ing tricks at heights have their risks, O’Reilly said ev­ery­thing was well planned.

“For the 10 min­utes of tricks, there was three of four days of work, check­ing ev­ery­thing and hav­ing a plan if some­thing does fail when you’re up there,” he said.

It was this prepa­ra­tion which al­lowed oth­ers to climb the wind­mill and ex­pe­ri­ence the heights for them­selves on Sun­day, in­clud­ing Jor­dan Kielly.

“It was very high, if felt like 13m high,” he said.

“I was like hal­lu­ci­nat­ing and feel­ing so weird.”

Jor­dan squeezed in a lit­tle dance on top of the plat­form, but said he would leave the ac­ro­bat­ics to O’Reilly.

“What Ty­rone did is go­ing to give me night­mares for a few weeks,” Jor­dan said. Alex Kielly also ex­pe­ri­enced the adrenalin, and one par­tic­u­lar quote came to mind when look­ing back at the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“You never know how strong you are un­til be­ing strong is the only op­tion you have,” she said.

“When I was climb­ing up, it didn’t feel as scary but it’s when I was com­ing down that it was the scari­est.”

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

HIGH POINT: Jor­dan Kielly and Ty­rone O’Reilly started their Sun­day with an adrenaline rush.

PHOTOS: AN­NIE PERETS

STUNT SUN­DAY: Monto cir­cus per­former Ty­rone O’Reilly per­forms a hand­stand 6m off the ground.

Rollerblad­ing at the height proved to be most chal­leng­ing, with O’Reilly hav­ing dif­fi­culty find­ing a bal­ance point.

Con­fi­dence up, Ty­rone O’Reilly did some jug­gling tricks up on the wind­mill.

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