The Great Saadi

Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by John Wood

The Great Saadi

Who was The Great Saadi? Only the greatest equilibrist in the Russian circus in the late 19th and early 20th century. Saadi was born into a large family of Russian acrobats, and with each member trying to out do the others… well, you can see how such an amazing level of talent might develop.

Saddi’s signature feat was to perform an incredibly difficult balance on a somewhat darkened stage, much like the one shown above, whilst ALSO balancing a lamp precariously on his head. At the apex of the feat, the lamp would turn on at full brightness, putting an exclamation point on an already amazing feat.

It should also be obvious that a steady diet of handbalancing can develop a pretty impressive physique — that would be an arm to be proud of even today.

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