By Joe McFarlane
A tightrope walker lost his balance and plummeted to the floor below as the painful accident was captured on film.
A circus performer was lucky to walk away with just a few bruises after plunging 10 metres onto the hard floor.
Performing a tightrope segment of the show in Tolyatti, Russia, the acrobat made it half way across the thin rope before performing a misjudged roll.
Landing with a crash, the audience let out a dramatic gasp.
Audience member Ekaterina Glukhova said: “I didn’t think that I would witness something like this live
“The performer didn’t have any fractures, he escaped with just bruises”.