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5 minutes with: Aidan Orange

Street performing sensation Aidan Orange has busked his way toSingapore, TV screens and beyond, but now he’s back home to bring hisjaw-dropping act to next week’s Scotiabank BuskerFest.

Street performing sensation Aidan Orange has busked his way to Singapore, TV screens and beyond, but now he’s back home to bring his jaw-dropping act to next week’s Scotiabank BuskerFest.

Let’s get this straight. You juggle while pulling yourself through a tennis racket and balancing a running lawnmower on your chin. How do you even come up with something like that?
All of those particular things I learned after becoming a professional entertainer. I started out as a juggler, and I found that my tricks weren’t really that exciting or unique so I started doing more and more bizarre things just to have that unique element.

How long does a stunt like that take to perfect?
It all depends. Specific things are harder than others. For example, I do a trick now where I balance a large object on my chin while I juggle three flaming torches. That trick took me at least three years. Generally, buskers will do a finale that’s really difficult because that way they have put in the time to learn something so you have a great, spectacular, unique finale trick like that.

There’s got to be a lot of danger involved. Any accidents of note?
The worst accident I had was a few years ago when I was doing a trick that I no longer do. I would fit my body through a squash racket, but I would do it while I was balanced on a Rolla Bolla, which was also balanced on top of a small stage and at the end of that trick, I’d have to do a one-foot balance to get my feet out of the racket. I fell off, and I was pretty shaken up about it.

Were you the kind of kid whose mom had to take Valium, or was she cool with your hobbies?
When I was a kid I didn’t really do anything too crazy. I started juggling when I was 18 and that was also the year I learned how to eat and breathe fire, so that was the first really dangerous thing that I did. I don’t think my mom was too super happy about it at the time, but I guess I was old enough at that point that it wasn’t completely reckless.

 
 
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