Circus stunt man injured during ‘globe of death’ performance in Ballarat

An 18-year-old stunt rider has been taken to hospital after the finale of a Lennon Bros Circus performance at Ballarat Showgrounds went wrong on Wednesday afternoon.

The rider was one of two men in the `Globe of Death’  stunt when he lost control of the bike and crashed almost four metres to the base of the globe.

The other rider was uninjured.

The performance was the grand finale of the 11am show and it is believed up to 180 patrons were watching the show at the time.

The circus is in town as part of the school holidays until April 15.

Lennon Circus Site Manager Warren Lennon said he was not sure of the exact nature of the injuries but the whole circus thoughts were with the young rider.

He said the rider had been with the circus for the last two months.

The Globe of Death is a circus and carnival stunt where stunt riders ride motorcycles inside a mesh sphere ball. 

Riders can loop vertically as well as horizontally.