Slack Rope

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The Slack Rope refers to the equipment used by a performer engaged in slackrope walking or slacklining[1], i.e. the act or skill of walking on the slack rope as an acrobatic skill, similarly to tightrope walking, and is often used by acrobats, clowns and comedians as a circus, music hall or vaudeville act.

According to Bosman, 1928[2]: p.227), it was particularly popular in the mid-1800s in South Africa. See for example Monsieur Dupree (1833).

A modern form of the slack rope walking is an "extreme sport" version, which arose in the late 1970s, and the activity is today called "Slacklining"[3].

See also: Tightrope walking.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: p. 227.

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