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Hackett, John; Gammon, Roland; Ross, Sayre; Breslow, Sally (ed.) / See
Vol. 10, No. 5 (Sept. 1951)

Fear in mid-air,   pp. 48-[49] PDF (1.4 MB)


Page 48

STARING, TENSE, FACE STIFF, SHE READIES SELF FOR SHOCK OF CATCH
HIGH UP UNDER ROOF LIGHTS, APPREHENSIVE AERIALIST BRAUN SAILS TOWARD SPOUSE'S TAPED WRISTS
FEAR IN MID - AIR
PERIL    GRIPS   FACE    OF   EXPERT     AERIALIST
F OR some time, German photographer Hermann Groe-
nert suspected that circus performers, working high
aloft on the flying trapeze, do their death-defying stunts
neither as easily nor as nonchalantly as spectators believe.
To substantiate his opinion-and to take the pictures
on this page-he rigged up a bosun's chair lief1) and
had himself hoisted to the roof of the Krone circus tent
in Munich. There, at arm's length from the performers,
he watched Frau Braun execute a split-second swoop
through the air into the sturdy hands of her husband.
.Photographer Groenert's pictures show the apprehen-
sion on Frau Braun's face before her husband makes
the catch. the relief she feels when he grips her arms.
RELIEF FLOODS FEATURES AS CATCH IS COMPLETED, INCHES FROM LENS
1%W r_
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