Siblings grow closer through circus act

PERU, Ind. (WLFI) – Miami County siblings Gideon, Abigail, Caleb and Emily Gipson have a close relationship, but there’s another bond this family shares.

“We’re kind of a typical family, but then again we’re in the circus,” said Caleb Gibson.

For the past four years the Gipson’s have been performing in a unicycle act at the Peru Amateur Circus.

This family of unicyclists got their start after eldest sibling Gideon wanted to try something new.

“I just saw it and thought it was cool, and devoted my time to it,” said Gideon Gipson.

Gideon began learning how to ride at age 9. Soon after, his sister Abigail wanted to try. Eventually, Caleb and Emily learned to ride turning the duo into a quartet.

“We’ll do group tricks,” said Gideon. “We’ll thread the needle. One arm swings around and comes through to the other end.”

After four years of riding together, their routine is smooth.

“We’ve done it for four years altogether and we know all the tricks,” said Emily. “We just say, ‘Hey this person is in charge and they’re going to call out tricks. This is what we’re going to do.’”

“You’re always together and you have to cooperate and communicate,” said Abigail.

Their mother, Wendy Gipson, said although they’ve made lots of friends throughout their time performing with the circus, it’s brought the siblings closer together.

“They’ve learned how to work together. To trust each other,” said Wendy.

Riding unicycles may be what brings this family closer, but Caleb said it’s also what sets them apart.

“It’s unique,” said Caleb. “Nobody else really knows how to ride on one wheel. It’s fun and it’s out there.”

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