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Three times a day during the CNE, acrobats Vincent Dube, 29, andSebastien Tardif, 32, go out into the crowd to do back-flips andhandstands. In the climax of their act, Tardif, holding Dube’s hand,balances upside down.

Three times a day during the CNE, acrobats Vincent Dube, 29, and Sebastien Tardif, 32, go out into the crowd to do back-flips and handstands. In the climax of their act, Tardif, holding Dube’s hand, balances upside down.

1. How long have you been doing this?

Dube: We’ve been together full-time since 2005, but we met in 1997, when we were performing in the same circus troupe. I started with juggling, then acrobatics.

Tardif: I did gymnastics before I became an acrobat. Then I got into the circus, and it was kind of like another family.

2. What’s the most difficult part of your act?

Tardif: Hand-balancing. It’s difficult when it’s hot outside. If we sweat a lot, it can be dangerous — sometimes you feel (your grip) slipping. We use lots of powder.

3. Do you ever get hurt?

Tardif: In January, I broke a bone in my leg. I was doing the trapeze and I landed on a net with my leg twisted. You also have to be careful with the ankle if you don’t land properly.

Dube: Sometimes you can also get an injury just from doing the repetition (of the same movement).

4. How do you stand the sun?

Tardif: We take more water. We use towels and more powder for our hands.

5. Do you do this full-time?

Dube: We don’t do this all the time, because we want to be able to say it’s still our passion to do it. We could do this all year long, all the time, but we try to spend some time at home with the family and our friends. Now my girlfriend and I are expecting a baby.

 
 
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