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posted on Apr, 10 2003 @ 05:55 PM
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probably suits the mods here as they have lots of experience at having knives thrown at them...

uk.news.yahoo.com...

Knife thrower slices assistant live on TV


LONDON (Reuters) - A record-breaking knife thrower shocked viewers when one of his daggers sliced into the head of his assistant on live TV.

Circus performer Jayde Hanson, 23, was demonstrating his skills when one of his knives hit his assistant and girlfriend, 22-year-old Yana Rodianova on Thursday.

As she clutched the side of her head, horrified presenter Fern Britton shouted: "Oh my God, there is blood, quick -- get her off."

A spokeswoman for ITV's "This Morning," one of the country's most popular daytime programmes, said the wound was only "a nick".

"She's absolutely fine and recovering well," the spokeswoman said, before adding ruefully: "You don't really expect that kind of thing from a world record-holder."

Over one million viewers had been watching as Hanson, who works for the Cottle and Austen Circus, showed off how many knives he could hurl at Yana in 60 seconds.

He had been trying to emulate the pace of his world record-breaking effort of 120 knives thrown in two minutes which he achieved as part of National Circus Day on Tuesday.

"He felt confident as he has been throwing his mother's kitchen knives since the age of 10," the show said on its website before the accident.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Hanson, whose father was an elephant tamer and mother a trapeze artist, is currently having to advertise for a new assistant as Yana, who bears two scars from previously mis-directed knives, wants to concentrate on her hula-hoop act.

His previous assistant reportedly left the job after being hit in the foot, her third injury from a wayward knife.

"In 11 years of performing, I've only hit my assistant on five occasions," he told the Daily Mail recently.




posted on Apr, 10 2003 @ 06:46 PM
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Originally posted by Netchicken
"In 11 years of performing, I've only hit my assistant on five occasions," he told the Daily Mail recently.


ONLY 5 occasions?? I'll pass.

I noticed it wasn't only his assistant but also his girlfriend........hmm, makes you wonder!



posted on Apr, 10 2003 @ 07:22 PM
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thats kind of like a bus driver saying in my 11 years of driving this school bus i've only ran over 5 children. and i bet the assistant (target) job doesn't pay well either.



posted on Apr, 10 2003 @ 08:15 PM
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Get paid for just standing still?

Be in show business?

Then step right up!





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