Although I’ve seen circus performers like this before, I never knew that the wheel they use has a name – the Cyr wheel. Alexandre Lane, a Canadian born cirque performer, began working with the Cyr wheel in 2006. Since then he has amassed a number of awards for his performances and continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with this tool.
All I know is that it looks hella cool and I really want to try it.
You can see more of his performances on his YouTube channel.