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Wanted: Knife-Thrower’s Assistant

April 23, 2002

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LONDON (AP) _ Job seekers visiting the employment office in Ipswich found an unusual offering among the usual advertisements for waiters and nurses: a knife-thrower’s assistant was required at the traveling circus performing nearby.

``The right applicant must have confidence and, of course, a certain amount of courage,″ circus spokeswoman Carrie Harvey said Tuesday.

A few brave souls had already turned up near the southeast England town to audition for a place in the firing line of Jaydee the Knife Thrower. His previous assistant, Yana, has taken another job within the same Cottle and Austen Electric Circus.

True grit is not the only job requirement.

``What we basically want is someone who can drop everything and run away with the circus, and not too many people are in a position to do that,″ Harvey said.

``We had two or three people today. One was very good but we are going to hold some more auditions tomorrow,″ she said.

``The knife thrower is very experienced but obviously there is an element of danger and as with most things in the theater there are accidents from time to time,″ she said.

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