The carnival doesn't quite enjoy the same level of prestige it once did. The old-world entertainment now has to vie with a movie industry soaked in computer-generated special effects, on-demand satellite entertainment and a vast expanse of electronic distractions. That doesn't make some of the stunts performed at the carnival any less amazing, however, and it's especially true when it comes to the infamous Wall of Death, wherein motorcycle riders ramp up speed and take to a near vertical wall to defy gravity.

Benedict Campbell has just finished a short film on Ken Fox and his family. The Fox Troupe wanders the English countryside with a traveling carnival, where they ride the Wall of Death. Fox himself rides an Indian Scout along the walls of the 26-foot diameter wooden ring. In his 30 years of performing, Fox estimates he's had around 20 significant falls, and yet he's still incredibly grateful to be able to live and work with his family on a daily basis. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself.

THE WALL OF DEATH from benedict campbell on Vimeo.



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      Martha J. Heil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful
      Buzzskyline
      • 3 Years Ago
      That was fascinating, poetic, and cool.
      slayerdarkcross
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow that was amazing. Keeping traditions alive and unchanged.
      SANDRA GAIL
      • 3 Years Ago
      To keep a vanishing slice of history alive is breathtaking. This was amazing but witnessing it first hand is so much more.... it's adrenaline pumping, exciting, aw inspiring, in you face! It's something that stays with you forever! The seasoned REMEMBER and the new generation admire and get inspired. The excitement is contagious!!!!!!!
      buybest
      • 3 Years Ago
      for once something we really enjoyed watching live
      cold4ever22
      • 3 Years Ago
      stupid....
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cold4ever22
        Kind of like you still using the inferior AOL software?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Incredible short documentary. There are few things that would keep me glued to the screen, but this did it.
      bigcatdaddy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Never seen the women ride, the wall of death. Of course I have not seen the wall of death in a long time. It is an interesting experience, especially for children. Well worth the money.
      Frank S. Pedigo
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are only about 3 gruops here in America that i know of who do the Wall of Death . Rett Rotten and American Hell Riders are 2 that come to mind . If there are any major motorcycle evenys near you one of them will be there and it is well worth seeing in person .