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“I have been driving Maruti 800 for the last five years. Moving in circles, parallel to the ground –sometimes, often standing, hands-free, saluting and waving—can be dangerous, but that is what the game all about. That is why this show excites me and the audience,” adds Ansari.

He, however, laments that the stuntmen do not get any insurance in case of an accident. “Everything is dependent on the whims of the troupe owner. Generally, he pays for the treatment of the victim, but what if he does not?” he asks.
The Wall of Death, motordrome, silodrome or Well of Death is a carnival sideshow featuring a silo- or barrel-shaped wooden cylinder, typically ranging from 20 to 36 feet (6.1 to 11.0 m) in diameter and made of wooden planks, inside which motorcyclists, or the drivers of miniature automobiles, travel along the vertical wall and perform stunts Hope
At the Hindu festival of Magh Mela last January, hundreds of spectators crowded around a circular pit to witness a dying spectacle: daredevil drivers—in cars or on motorcycles—zipping precariously around a near-vertical pit known as the “Well of Death.” Once a sight at festivals across northern India, the practice is now waning—but that doesn’t stop festivalgoers and stuntsmen from capitalizing on the few remaining Wells of Death in the country.

If the Well of Death spectacle seems familiar to American and British citizens, that’s because the show is based on the American motordromes that dominated fairs in the early 20th century.

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