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Cirque du Soleil’s Laliberte Promises Thrills on Space Tourism Flight

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
July 23, 2009
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Cirque du Soleil founder ready for tricks in space
Orlando Sentinel

A former stiltwalker and fire-eater stole NASA’s show Thursday, saying he’ll be “like a kid in a candy store” experimenting with zero-gravity tricks on his upcoming tourist trip to the international space station.

[Guy] Laliberte assured reporters that he we will not play with any fire in space — for obvious reasons. But he hopes to try some acrobatics in weightlessness and may teach his crewmates a card trick or two.

“I don’t know how we’ll be using stilts up there,” he said. “But I think there are a couple little things, hopefully, that I have learned in my career of street entertainer that will try to apply up there.”

Laliberte said he’s seen pictures of floating bottles and other items at the space station that might make for some interesting tricks. But he noted, “I think I will be more like a kid in a candy store up there, discovering things that those guys know. Because I know what I can do on Earth. But what I’m really interested, is to gain and learning what their world is.”

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