The word funambulism or the phrase “walking a tightrope” in a metaphorical setting refers to for instance, politicians who are said to “walk a tightrope” when trying to balance two opposing views with little room for compromise.
The term can also be used in satirical or acidic contexts. Nicholas Taleb uses the phrase in his book The Black Swan. “You get respect for doing funambulism or spectator sports”. Taleb is criticising scientists who prefer popularism to vigorous research and those who walk a fixed and narrow path rather than explore a large field of empirical study.
Types of Rope and Wire Walking :
Category 1 :
Tightwire is the art of maintaining balance while walking along a tensioned wire between two points. It can be done either using a balancing tool (🌂, fan, balance pole, etc.) or “freehand”, using only one’s body to maintain balance. Tightwire performances include dance or object manipulation. Object manipulation acts include props, such as clubs or rings , 🎩 , canes even wheelbarrows with passengers, ladders, and animals in their act. The technique to maintain balance is to keep the performer’s centre of mass above their support point – usually their feet.
Category 2 :
Highwire is a form of tight wire walking but performed at greater height. Generally a wire over 20 feet (6 m) high will be regarded as a high wire act.
Category 3 :
Skywalk is a form of highwire which is performed outdoors between tall building, gorges, across waterfalls or other natural and man-made structures.
Category 4 :
Slacklining is a popular form of slackwire walking which utilizes nylon or polyester webbing stretched tight between two anchor points. Slacklining is distinct from tightrope walking in that the tension of the slackline can be varied to allow for a variety of balance skills to be performed. The tighter a slackline the closer the technique and performance is to tightwire; the more slack in the slackline, the more similar it is to slack rope walking and performance.
Acrobats maintain their balance by positioning their centre of mass directly over their base of support. A tightwire walker’s sway is side to side, their lateral support having been drastically reduced. The ankle is the pivot point.
Someone once asked the Great Aristotle
“What is gained by lying 🤥 ?”
“They do not believe you when you are tell the truth”
See Also :
- Tailored Expression SWAY
- The Legend of Amrapali – TOVA
- The Ripple
- The Watchers
- Anabolic to Diabolic
- Use Diary and Dairy to Plan
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