OH—BURT’S A GOOD ONE! 😀
Burt Lancaster played a trapeze artist in the film Trapeze in 1956. Most of the stunts, he performed himself.
Burt, had trained as an acrobat since the age of 9. Burt and his friend Nicholas Cuccia formed an acrobatic duo and went on to join Kay’s Circus in the 30’s.
When Burt auditioned for this particular job in the circus, he had to prove his worth, not relying on being only an acrobat, but by becoming part of the team who performed each night in the show.
The boss of the Circus asked a young Burt, to try out the parallel bars, and on his first attempt, Burt enthusiastically jumped up and fell flat on his face.
Embarrassed he picked himself up and again jumped on to the bars, spun, flipped and fell off again.
After his third attempt, Burt was bleeding and bruised, clothes torn, and just about to…
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