About The Balancing Walcheros - their past fame
Running away to
join the circus
sounds like something from
a children's story, but that's exactly what Molly did. Keen to develop her love of cats, she specialised in lion
the gasps and applause of the audience were reserved for the high-wire
acts, something Molly soon latched on to.
With her petite
figure and heightened sense of balance, she used every
moment developing her skills on the high-wire. A
hereditary defect of the feet, normally a burden and embarrassment
to most women, meant that she was able to grip the wire tightly.
The sparkle of Lycra
and roar of the crowd pushed her, literally, to new heights and Molly became known
as the "Queen of the wire".
It was during a tour of Israel, performing below sea-level on the shores of the Dead Sea, a dangerous feat as the extreme pressure below sea-level makes high-wire walking very dangerous, that Molly meet Jock.
than eighteen months after qualifying as an
SAS Trooper, Jock was
invalided out of the army following an operational incident in Central America.
Turning his hand to more peaceful skills, Jock concentrated on retraining to use
his ability to work at heights to train as an aerial acrobat.
two years spent travelling Europe with the world's leading
circuses, Jock was established as one of the foremost exponents of the high-wire
and Jock had fallen in love with the
circus and now they fell in love with each other. On holiday, Jock went to see
Molly's Dead Sea performance. “I took one look at her, walking confidently and
with ease along the wire, and was captivated. Her bright blue eyes
(which I only found out later sparkled because of the gin) and her teeth (that
have since been described as the brightest in Kent) topped off the showmanship
and glamour that we all love of the circus.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, we
present The Balancing Walcheros.” Marriage
followed - partners in work, partners in life - and a double-act
developed on both the trapeze and high-wire. Tours followed, not just in Europe but
further afield in Asia and North America. In the backyard of the Moscow State
and Chinese National circuses, audiences marvelled at the daring, glamour,
and bravado that had become Les Walcheros, as the foreigners dubbed them.
Royal Variety performances in Britain were shared with performances for other
heads of state – the Shah of Iran, President Regan, the Pope and countless
other world leaders.
show business can be cruel. Within weeks of
each other, both Molly and Jock suffered blows that were to bring their circus
careers to an all-too early ending.
was giving a private performance for Andrew Lloyd-Webber when she suffered a debilitating accident. During a performance
reserved solely for private functions, she was moments into her act swinging from a trapeze hanging only by her nipple rings, when one of the ropes
detached. Tortured by pain, she unclipped the other line and fell to the safety net below. Sadly, though, the strains of hanging from one nipple
caused torn ligaments causing a frontal imbalance
that not even surgery could correct. Her balance, whether on a high-wire or
trapeze, was irreparably damaged.
resulting Health and Safety Executive enquiry, lead to the requirement
that all artistes performing this particular act should be secured by a third
line attached to a navel ring . Molly’s pain had not been in vain) .
also suffer a career-ending injury.
Standing on the trapeze platform, he powdered his hands in
readiness. With Molly in hospital, Jock had recruited the
Russian schoolgirl Olympic gymnast and trapeze artist, Vod Carr, as his partner.
As they timed the start of their swings, Jock grabbed his trapeze and prepared
himself. Pushing off, the two came together with precision timing. However,
Russian instruction for “Now!”, Jock let go of his own swing, expecting to grab
Vod's legs. What she’d actually said was “Next time.”
crashed earthwards to be faced with the high-wire that a junior acrobat
has mistakenly hoisted in place. Straddling the wire, Jock’s manhood cushioned
the blow, hanging in the balance for a second before being bounced off the wire
and into the path of Vod who was still hanging from her trapeze. Knocked
aside, Jock fell to the net. In
agony and waiting on the net for medical attention, he wondered whether the
funds he’d deposited at the Banco Spermo Milano would be adequate to secure
The Balancing Walcheros were at an end.
The story continues...their present fortune
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