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Trapeze lesson freaks out CBC reporter Margaret Gallagher

02/09/2015 02:51 EST | Updated 04/11/2015 05:59 EDT
If you've always wanted to fly, or dreamt of running away to the circus, the new West Coast Flying Trapeze in Richmond, B.C. can help you live out that fantasy for a few hours.

It bills itself as the first trapeze school in Western Canada, and The Early Edition's Margaret Gallagher went to try it out.

"Let's just say I'm really afraid of heights and if this was not my job I might have backed out," she told host Rick Cluff.

"After some coaching on the ground, I was strapped into a safety belt, harnessed in as I climbed the very tall ladder."

Gallagher made her way to the platform where she grasped the take-off pole and Chris Johnson, the owner of West Coast Trapeze tried to hand her the bar.

"I don't like this. I don't like it. I don't like it," she said.

Eventually did jump and swung back and forth on the bar. In total she did it six times.

"It was a total rush. I was screaming each time, but I was really proud of myself because of my lack of upper body strength — I cannot do a chin up to save my life, but I managed to hold on to that bar. The adrenaline kicks in and you really do feel like you're flying."

To hear more about Margaret Gallagher's experience at West Coast Flying Trapeze — including audio from when she attempted the trapeze — click the audio labelled: Margaret Gallagher's experience at West Coast Flying Trapeze.

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