Daredevil dad and daughter circus act
Meet the glamorous 24-year-old whose father uses her as a chopping board before she smashes concrete blocks off his stomach as he lies on a bed of nails.
This is a father and daughter relationship that pushes trust to the limits as the pair pay their bills by shocking audiences on stage, performing the most horrifying stunts.
Eve Travis, 24, was studying Law and Philosophy at uni – but quit to launch the bizarre double act with her former circus-star dad, Neil, 50 – known on stage as Baldini.
The pair, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, now stun audiences around the country by performing the hair raising stunts after Neil quit his day job working in a factory and is now back on stage.
But the pair have to get the go ahead from mum Deborah – who also used to work in the circus – before trying any new tricks.
Eve said: “It’s far exceeded whatever I expected, I needed someone to stilt walk with me and teach circus workshops with me and I knew my dad could do both, so I thought he seemed like the perfect partnership.
“It’s much easier to trust my dad than anyone else on stage- there’s no one else I’d rather put my life in the hands of.
“Some people might think it’s mad but I trust my dad 100%.
“I’ve worked with other sidekicks in the past and some have been really unreliable. I needed someone I knew wouldn’t let me down.
Neil said: “I love working with her. I love it at the start when people think it’s impossible.
“I trust Eve because since she was born I have been madly in love with her. She’s the most important thing to me in the world and my priority is taking care of my little girl.
“Because she’s my daughter, it makes me practice even harder to make sure I’m never at risk of hurting her.
“People ask how I can attempt such dangerous things to do to her but everything we do is well rehearsed and I’d rather be the one doing it than someone else, plus everything I do she does it right back at me!”
It was not long after her first steps that the now glamorous Eve was introduced by her parents to the art of the circus but no one expected the talented tot to us those skills as the basis to her career.
The pair walk on broken glass, lie down on a bed of nails, juggle with knives, breathe fire, tight rope walk, unicycle, stilt walk, climb ladders made out of swords, chop cabbages and smash concrete blocks off each other’s stomachs.
Audiences can also most shockingly watch Eve pierce her own cheeks and drink from her father’s nose after she hammers a nail up one of his nostrils.
Neil said: “Eve could walk on stilts when she was three and was tightrope walking when she was four.
Eve said: “I had an interest when I was younger because of my parents’ background but not massively.
“I thought I should get a proper education but when I started at uni I realised how much I missed performing.
“My friends saw me performing and said, ‘You’ve got all these skills, you are too talented to work an ordinary job!'”
Dad Neil added: “I love the creative process, I come up with mad ideas and Eve gradually tames them down until they’re safe enough to perform and not so ridiculous.
“What we do is dangerous but there’s also a bit of comedy- Eve’s really good at that.
“I love the idea of getting paid to give people something to talk about.
The father and daughter act was only ever intended to be a one off Hallowe’en show 12 months ago.
Eve said: “We did our sideshow double acts last year for Hallowe’en and we were thinking we might get booked for sideshow again but the reaction to it was fantastic.
Neil said: “I go for a unicycle in the park every morning and the kids on the road know if I go outside and my moustache is curled that I’m off to work .
“If it isn’t they’ll ask to play with my circus toys but of course I only let them at the safe ones. ”