ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 13) - You’re only as old as you feel. Tony Steele apparently still feels like a kid despite his advanced age. He is 82-years-old, and still does trapeze.
“Everyone assumes when you talk about age, OK, when I am fifty, that I’ll just sit back and take it easy,” he told FOX 13. “It’s a cop out. It really, really is.”
On a recent Thursday, Steele climbed almost 35 feet onto the trapeze on the property of his friends who run a stunt camp. He stood on the tiny platform, and grabbed the trapeze, just before launching into a back somersault.
“Bravo! Outstanding!” cheered Paula Blackwelder, another trapeze artist who was up there with him.
“Tony is actually a thief,” she commented when they came down. He has robbed me and everyone else of any excuse we could ever come up with not to go after our goals.”
This is not Steele’s first rodeo. Actually, he is known as the Godfather of trapeze.
He holds five world records and, not surprisingly, is in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Even after all these years of performing in shows and circuses worldwide, flying still ignites an excitement in him. “It is the most fun you can have with your clothes on,” he says.
For more information on Stunt Camp, head to their website: https://www.stuntcamp.us/.