The History of the Globe of Death: From Circus Spectacle to Extreme Sport.


The Globe of Death, also known as the Danger Globe, has a long and fascinating history that spans over a century. From its early origins as a circus act to its current status as an extreme sport, the Globe of Death has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike.


Early Origins


The first known Globe of Death Act dates back to the early 1900s when motorcycle riders began performing stunts inside wooden barrels. These barrels were gradually replaced with metal cages, and the Globe of Death was born.

The act quickly gained popularity in circuses and carnivals around the world, with performers pushing the limits of what was possible on two wheels. The Globe of Death became a staple of the circus and a symbol of the daredevil spirit that defined the early days of entertainment.


Evolution of the Globe of Death

Staff Photo: Josh D. Weiss Ricardo Flores, left, looks across the “sphere of death” at wife Arcelia, right, as they ride motorcycles in circles around one another in front of a large crowd at the Gwinnett County Fair Thursday night. The duo performs every night through the end of the Fair.

Over the years, the Globe of Death continued to evolve and expand, with riders pushing themselves to ever-greater heights of skill and daring. In the 1960s and 70s, the Globe of Death became popular in motorcycle shows, where riders would perform death-defying stunts in front of thousands of spectators.

With the rise of extreme sports in the late 20th century, the Globe of Death began to take on a new significance. It became a symbol of the extreme sports culture, with riders pushing the boundaries of what was possible on a motorcycle.


Modern Globe of Death

Infernal Varanne at Fuji Rock Festival 2017

Today, the Globe of Death has evolved into a high-tech spectacle that combines the art of motorcycle riding with the thrill of extreme sports. Performers now ride custom-built motorcycles, and the cages are designed with safety and performance in mind.

The Globe of Death is a global sensation, with riders participating in events and shows worldwide. It has even been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, with riders attempting to break records for the most motorcycles or the longest time inside the cage.


The show has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a circus act. It has evolved into a thrilling and exciting sport that captures the imagination and inspires awe in audiences around the world, from kids to adults. Whether performed, the Globe of Death is a testament to the human spirit of adventure and daring.


Early ages (1950s)

Watch how riders were going around the cage with their motorcycles. Pure adrenaline!

Danger Globe (2022)

Watch the Danger Globe in Action at the Coca Cola Arena in Dubai

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