It was a stunt that they had most likely performed countless times, one that was perfected before being performed in front of a large audience.
Trapeze artist Xenia Elkin was mid-act with her partner, Sergei Volkov, when their worst nightmare became a reality. While holding on to her partner as he gripped on to two ropes without any harnesses, Xenia’s grip slipped.
As you can see, the circus performer horrifically falls 30 feet to the ground below. According to a report by FOX LA, she is thankful to still be alive but is suffering from a spinal fracture.
Below is a similar story of a circus act gone terribly wrong.