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Jake the Juggler lives high-wire dream
HIGH winds were not enough to stop Jacob Hirsch-Holland from completing his latest dare-devil stunt atop a listed building.
On Saturday Jacob, 26, known as Jake the Juggler, walked a high-line almost 50 feet off the ground between the frames of the iconic Spectrum Building in West Swindon.
Along with a few friends, he performed tricks to entertain the crowds despite gusts blowing making the wire unsteady.
The building, which featured in 1984 James Bond film A View to a Kill, was recently given Grade II* listed status and it has been a dream of Jake’s to perform a high-line walk across it.
He said: “I drive past it every day and it is something I have always wanted to do.
“When you have a hobby you see the would differently. A skateboarder will always see the ground as something to skate on. I see tall buildings as something to high wire across.
“The Spectrum Building is a really nice walk to do as it is aesthetically very good. With rocks you have to work out the strong points but with a structure like this you can see the man-made strength of it.
“The wind wasn’t too bad as it was coming straight towards me and was fairly constant. When it pushes the wire from side-to-side or there is a sudden powerful gust then it becomes much harder.”
Taking place just outside Kidz About, based in the Spectrum Building, many youngsters watched Jake, a circus performer by trade, take to the skies with their faces pressed to the window.
Some lower wires were set up to allow some novices to give it a try.
There was one moment when the wind got up and Jake slipped before managing to grab the line, captivating the crowd below.
Jake said: “The high-lining community is like a family so its great to be able to have days like this. Often people just see us as adrenaline junkies but that is not the case. “Everything we do here is fun but always perfectly safe.”
Jake was attempting to raise money for Performers Without Borders – a charity with which he has travelled to Ocotal, Swindon’s twin town in Nicaragua, to teach orphans circus skills.
And it is not the first time he has scaled a Swindon building for his passion. Last year he walked across a wire stretching from the Brunel Shopping centre, above stunned shoppers.
To sponsor Jake visit www.gofundme.com/4ptq9w.
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