Music: Super Salome

While the snare drums sizzled and the crowd gasped, two girls in tights stood on eight-foot pedestals a stage width apart, one with an end of a wire about her neck, the second holding the other end with her teeth. A man mounted the slack wire, stretched himself out flat-backed and flipped himself over and over. The gymnasts were Germany's famed Goltz Trio, making its successful rounds of the U.S. vaudeville circuit 40 years ago. Last week Christel Goltz, the wire walker's 34-year-old daughter, made her U.S. debut as another kind of acrobat: at...

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