“Do you want me to walk on this glass?” Carisa Hendrix asked, motioning to a blanket covered in broken beer bottles on the floor of the Prince Albert Brew Pub.
“No!” her mother and grandparents responded -- an answer dwarfed by the affirmative answer heard across the rest of the room.
Carisa Hendrix is a unique performer and Guinness World Record recipient. Although she’s based in Calgary “as much as a travelling performer can be,” she grew up in Prince Albert, moving to Calgary when she was in Grade 6.
Now, with the greatest concentration of her family in Prince Albert, it remains her hometown, with Monday’s local performance a chance for her to strut her stuff.
Although they’d seen her performance videos, this was the first time her grandparents had seen her show, and the first time her mother had seen it in about three years.
“I’m very proud of her,” her mother, Annette Hendrix said after Carisa’s 45-minute performance with her partner Trixtan was up.
The duo’s routine was part comedy, mixed with sideshow, and circus, including balloon animals, fire breathing, block face and stepping and jumping on shards of broken glass.
Her block face bit -- where six nails were stuck deeply in her nose -- caused one audience volunteer to bend over and almost pass out.
Carisa’s local performance came a few months after it was announced that she received a Guinness World Record for longest fire torch teething -- gripping a wick of a flaming torch.
She added 29 seconds to the previous record, bringing it to two minutes and one second.