6 News Reporter Josh Ault braves circus knife-thrower

6 News Reporter Josh Ault braves circus knife-thrower

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To report on the arrival of the circus, 6 News Reporter Josh Ault learned what it was like to be part of the act. To report on the arrival of the circus, 6 News Reporter Josh Ault learned what it was like to be part of the act.
Each of the knives missed Josh by inches, becoming lodged in the wall behind Josh. Each of the knives missed Josh by inches, becoming lodged in the wall behind Josh.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Reporters often try to understand the point of view of their subjects as they report a story. It's not often, though, that they face danger to life and limb in order to do their job.

With the return of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus to Knoxville for a weekend of shows, 6 News Reporter Josh Ault learned what it is like to be part of a circus act.

Josh became a "target" as a knife-thrower threw four knives at him Thursday during a live broadcast of Good Morning Tennessee.

Each of the knives missed Josh by inches, becoming lodged in the wall behind him.

A member of the acrobatic Lopez Troupe, Maria Lopez, gave Josh a pointer for any possible future performances.

"Always smile and wave, remember," she said.

"The greatest show on earth" will perform seven shows Thursday through Sunday at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

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