Lights. Camera. Trapeze!

TIME's fearless correspondent ran away to join the circus. Here's what he learned

James Cameron wanted to get close. Really close. He thinks all those other 3-D performance movies--Glee, Justin Bieber's, Katy Perry's--offer merely a simulacrum of a live performance. "I asked, Why aren't we giving the movie audience the experience they can't get? Even if you're there at the theater, you're not onstage," says the director of Titanic and Avatar. So Cameron, who is an executive producer of Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away but also worked as a cameraman in a safety harness 70 feet in the air, got so close to the performers that at one point the star of the movie,...

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