Introducing The Great Raymondo | Tightrope-Walker

His most recent undertakings have involved traversing the thin-line between...

  1. Shaving Foam & Silly String
  2. News & State-Sponsored Propaganda
  3. Terrorism & Extremism
  4. Bank Bail-Outs & Bullshit
  5. Cleaning The Wound & Facilitating The Infection
  6. Rememberance & Not Forgetting
  7. What Matters & Who Gives A Shit!

The Great Raymondo (b.1968), Glasgow-based artiste, tight-rope walker and acrobat. Though claiming to be of French descent, he appears to have grown up in the Falkirk area, which may account for his overly outdated appearance. His conventional schooling was ended abruptly at just five years old when he was expelled for cheating in an exam and subsequently sent, in shame, to the Ecole de Gymnase at Lyon. After just six months training as an acrobat, he made his first public appearance as The Little Wonder.

Like many a child-star, Raymondo professes to have no love for his vocation, and has repeatedly abandoned the high-wire for more conventional employment, only to return after an industrial tribunal and a series of controversial sackings. Indeed, he himself believes his ability on the dancefloor to be his greater talent, though others would disagree, yet it is undoubtedly his superior skill and grace, as well as the originality of the settings of his acts, that have made him a popular favorite.

Raymondo achieved his celebrity and fortune via a series of stunts undertaken in homage to the great Charles Blondin. In front of a global television audience he crossed and re-crossed the Niagara Falls on a tight-rope, 1100 ft. long and 160 ft. above the water. With each crossing he upped the ante with different theatrical variations: blindfolded, in a sack, trundling a wheelbarrow, on stilts, carrying a man on his back, sitting down midway while he made and ate an omelette. It is believed that the Suede song My Insatiable One was written in response to the sheer pointlessness of that performance. Since that breakthrough, the Great Raymondo's stunts have become more metaphorical and politicised as he's struggled to apply a higher sense of meaning to his performances.