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Death-Defying Do-Gooders

By Courtney Nash December 27, 2008 Published in the July 2008 issue of Seattle Met

MICROSOFTIES, CAREER BARISTAS, and…circus performers? In flies with the greatest of ease yet another Seattle subculture: tightrope walkers, trapeze-swinging daredevils, unicyclists, and jugglers. They all, including juggler Arne Bystrom (left) and trapeze artist Crystal Campbell (above), converged at the Moisture Festival in April. Jon McClintock, a computer security consultant whose alter ego is high-flying rope wrangler Dyno, dazzled audiences with Aerlift III, a performance that helped fight third-world poverty; proceeds went to a nonprofit that sends aid to Guatemalan youth. Why the link between circus arts and charitable deeds? Says McClintock, who teaches a class at Georgetown-based School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, “[Circus performers] are not competitive. There’s no concept of winning—the focus is on collaboration, on making something, and giving back.”

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