All-woman trapeze act entertains EKD crowds

Circus Una performers Sara Young, on the motorcycle, and Una Mimnagh, hanging on a trapeze, spin on a high wire during their thrill show at Evel Knievel Days Thursday afternoon.

Walter Hinick / The Montana Standard

It would be hard to come up with a better way to honor Evel Knievel than Circus Una.

The troupe has attractive women in bikinis and fishnets doing aerial acrobatics while hanging from a motorcycle on a tightrope — with the soundtrack “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue.

“It’s a privilege to be here,” Una Mimnagh, founder of the wire thrill show, said while taking a break after one of her death-defying acts Friday afternoon.

Mimnagh has wanted to perform during Evel Knievel Days for many years but it never worked into the Circus Una schedule. This time it fit into its summer travels to motorcycle rallies and music festivals.

“We love it,” she said.

Her favorite part so far is being with so many performers.

“It’s an honor,” Mimnagh said.

The crowds have been equally pleased with the daredevil show, which has been running for the last 10 years based out of Pennsylvania. Next on the schedule for the three-woman show is Sturgis.

Mimnagh started her career behind the scenes at the Big Apple Circus in New York City. She later decided to become part of the show and trained in aerial arts. Before starting her own show, Mimnagh toured with various circus and many rock bands.

After being featured “as the girl” on the trapeze with a man driving the motorcycle, Mimnagh decided to revamp the act with all women and more acrobatics.

“I wanted to make it all girls. It’s a real trapeze act,” she said.

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