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Flying high in Phuket

PHUKET: Even those with a severe fear of heights are being encouraged to give it a go at the new Mid Air Circus Arts circus academy in Phuket.

By Claire Connell

Thursday 31 May 2012, 03:27PM

The company opened in August 2011 and since then has been providing many entertainment performances on the island, including impressive displays at the recent Bliss Beach Ball in Bang Tao and the British International School’s March Spring Fair.

Specialising in teaching skills on trapeze, aerial equipment, silks, tissues, pole dancing and juggling, the company offers private and group lessons on a casual basis or as part of their training academy.

The men behind the venture are trained circus performers Ben Martin, from New Zealand, and Adam Lambert, from Australia.

The two friends met while working at Club Med Phuket in 2005, after spending many years working for the company’s circus schools.

Ben has been teaching and performing on the trapeze for the last nine years, while Adam is a former professional performer with Australia’s Silver Circus, and spent eight years as Club Med’s circus activity manager for Asia Pacific.

Last year they decided to go for it, forming their own company.

They say even if you’re the type of person who flinches at the thought of being high off the ground swinging from a trapeze, they are convinced it won’t take long before you’re comfortable with the height and having the time of your life.

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Adam says, “The first time is for fear, the second time is for fun, and the third time is for life.”

“People are doing less and less exercise these days. The trapeze is a great way to get your fitness up and have a great time flying through the air. It is really great for personal goals – there’s no limit to how far you can go with your skills.”

Ben says when he started off learning the trapeze he himself was terrified of heights, but now feels very comfortable at such altitudes.

Children and adults can learn important skills too, he says, including self confidence, concentration, fitness and body strength.

“It’s exhilarating, pulse-racing and a huge adrenalin rush.”

All the equipment at their Pa Khlok training venue (where the full size flying trapeze is set up) is imported and is certified and rated to both Australia and American safety standards.

Prices start at B950 for a 90-minute class, or B750 a class if 10 classes are bought in advance. For more information visit or visit

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