Lord of the Ring: Taiwan Street Performer Moves Around City Using a Huge Metal Hoop [VIDEO]
As if it isn’t already hard enough to maneuver through a bustling city, try getting around using just a giant metal hoop. Taiwanese street performer Isaac Hou gracefully navigates the streets in his stainless steel hoop called a “Cyr wheel,” performing in public for people around him to enjoy his spectacular maneuvers.
This video, called “Lord of the Ring” and produced by Kuma Films, showcases Hou’s incredible agility and acrobatic talent, having mastered the art of street performance with his wheel. The final product, from filming to music choice, effectively shows off the beauty, grace and skills that go along with this form of art.
According to the Taipei Times, Hou shows off his hoop stunts on weekends with the last two years doing in the Xinyi District. Hou makes most of his money performing in events, as many as 20 gigs per month sometimes, but when he has time and the weather permits, Hou takes to the streets.
Not only can Hou maneuver the metal hoop, he can also do both torch juggling and contact juggling, where he keeps in contact with a sphere or many spheres to give the illusion that its floating between his fingers or along his arms. He studied the art of performance and perfected his craft, which also includes partner acrobatics and slackrope walking at circus art schools in Copenhagen and Moscow.
Hou, now in his 30s, first showed interest in performing art during high school, but only made it a career years later. His parents, immigrants from Taiwan who moved to New Jersey, wanted him to land a well-paid and respected job.
Hou did not want to follow the path that his parents took, though, as he says “they just worked themselves to death.” Instead, he traveled the world after high school before settling in Taiwan with a performance career.