Circuses: Ouch!

Snare drums roll. Spotlights lattice the darkness and zero in on a trim brunette and a dangling hook. She thrusts the hook into a ring knotted in her hair, and while spectators watch in disbelief the rope tautens, and slowly she is lifted up and up through the elephant-scented air until she is dangling 73 ft. high. Then she calmly starts juggling three pastel Indian clubs, all the while hanging by her hair.

Ringling Bros.' hairborne Rapunzel, Chrystine Holt, 21, is the new sensation of the 1964 circus. She came by her talent somewhat naturally. Her father juggles while he...

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