Date
28 March 2017
'Marco Polo' (inset) says he will perform his high-wire walk act again despite an accident Sunday. Photo: YouTube, Apple Daily
'Marco Polo' (inset) says he will perform his high-wire walk act again despite an accident Sunday. Photo: YouTube, Apple Daily

Circus performer suffers leg fracture after fall at Kai Tak show

A circus performer has fractured his leg after falling from a 10-meter high wire when doing some stunts at the TW charity carnival in Kai Tak over the weekend. 

The 60-year-old performer, whose goes by the stage name Marco Polo, is a member of Royalles British Thrill Circus.

During a performance in Hong Kong Sunday evening, Marco — whose real name is Victor Apolinar — was attempting to walk on a 10-meter high steel wire with a blindfold over his eyes when he lost balance and fell to the ground.

As no safety cushion was set up, the performer suffered some injuries to his head and leg, Apple Daily reported.

A medical inspection soon revealed that his left leg was seriously fractured. Doctors say Marco might be able to walk four days after an operation, but full recovery will take three weeks.

This is the third accident in the career of Marco, who was born into a circus family in Mexico.

In the first accident, which took place in England many years ago, the performer suffered rib injuries while in the second, he hurt his right leg.

Marco told reporters that he hopes to perform again at the carnival after three weeks. When asked if he will strengthen safety measures, such as setting up a cushion, following the accident, he smiled and said that things will go on as usual.

As he was born into a circus family, he said he would prefer to die doing what he loves best, rather than in other circumstances.

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