Circus performer flies out of giant spinning wheel and falls 30ft

Circus performer flies out of a giant spinning wheel and falls 30ft to the ground – but escapes with just bruising

  • Navas Haurigui, 23, was minutes into his stunt at Gandeys Circus in Guernsey
  • The acrobat lost his balance and fell through a hatch on the giant spinning wheel 
  • Fell 30ft, landed on his back and hit his head but will be back performing tonight

This is the terrifying moment a circus performer fell out of a giant spinning wheel 30ft in the air. 

Acrobat Navas Haurigui, 23, was minutes into his act at Gandeys Circus in Guernsey when he was sent flying from the apparatus.

The performer, who goes by the name Howie, struggled to keep his balance as the ‘Space Wheel’ rotated.

Acrobat Navas Haurigui, 23, was sent flying out of a giant spinning wheel when a stunt went wrong

He was only minutes into his act at Gandeys Circus in Guernsey when he plunged 30ft and landed on his back

After losing his rhythm the acrobat fell out of the hatch and landed on his back.

The accident was met by a screams from the audience before crew rushed to help Mr Haurigui who narrowly cheated death. 

He was rushed to hospital but somehow escaped with just bruising.

Audience member Vicki Bennalick, 31, captured the horrifying moment on camera on Tuesday.


The accident was met by a screams from the audience before crew rushed to help Mr Haurigui. Somehow he escaped with some bruising

The cake decorator said: ‘The space wheels were the last act and it was introduced to the audience as the only one in the UK and Guernsey without any safety nets or lines.

‘They didn’t get far into the performance before something went wrong.

‘The circus performer seemed to time his landing in the wheel slightly wrong which caused him to lose his rhythm and fall out of it.

‘The audience gasped and were very shocked. I quickly stopped filmed as I was there with my children and aside from worrying about the performer, my first priority was to reassure the kids.

Amazingly, the defiant Colombian acrobat said he’ll be back performing tonight

‘The Gandey family acted fast. The lights went up so they could get to him then they quickly put a spotlight on the ringmaster who reassured everyone. It was a good distraction for the kids.

‘Two minutes after his fall, two other circus performers performed in the back wheels. It was very much “the show must go on”.’

Miss Bennalick, who was at the show with partner Martin Campbell, 40, step-daughter Krystal, 20, step-son Zack, 11, and kids Maisy, 5, and Alex, 3, added: ‘Before we left we were told he was conscious and an ambulance was outside.

He said: ‘I fell on my back and hit my head on the floor, but has not discouraged me. I feel good’

‘I’m just glad he is OK.’

Defiant Howie, from Colombia, has vowed to be back performing today.

He said: ‘When I was going to fall, I thought I was going to die. I fell on my back and hit my head on the floor, but has not discouraged me. I feel good – no problem.’ 

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