An greater moment of inertia aids resistance to external sources of torque, such as strong winds. The large weights enable the tightrope walker to produce torque by just spinning the pole slightly, which shifts his/her center of gravity in the opposite direction, allowing him/her to walk directly over the tightrope.
This is different from a trapeze, where the larger the mass you can lift above your head, the more momentum you can throw into a jump. This is because momentum is mass times velocity, and so increasing the mass increases the velocity at which you drop down toward earth.
The same thing applies to a tightrope. It's mass that matters here, not its shape. A round rope is better for balancing momentum and gravity than a thin stick. If you double the weight on a trapeze then you should be able to jump further. But if you double the length of the cord then you need to increase the force of your jump by about half. So it all comes down to physics.
The human body is not designed to withstand high forces over long periods of time, so any kind of performance art that tries to mimic this with physical training is going to suffer from overload injuries after a while. Walking or running across a tightrope is much safer because it imposes only vertical forces on the body. However, even this form of exercise is not risk-free; accidents can and do happen.
This distributes your bulk and enhances your capacity to combat rotating forces, allowing you adequate time to rectify your actions if you begin to slip. Many tightrope walkers enhance this illusion by using a long balance stick. The tighter the rope is tied off, the less movement there will be and the easier it will be to control yourself when walking.
The first recorded case of someone tightrope walking was in France in 1772. A man named Jean-François Caruel made a living by walking between two horses that were attached to each end of a rope held above ground level. When the horses moved their legs began to turn, which would cause the man on the rope to do the same. Because of this, Caruel came up with a way to prevent himself from being pulled towards the horses—he used his body weight to keep them equalized.
In modern times, people have taken to the art of tightrope walking for various reasons. Some do it as a hobby while others make their living out of it.
The most common form of tightrope walking today is the circus act called the trapeze. This involves walking a straight line on a rope that goes over a bar or through rings.
Gravity pulls a tightrope walker down as she walks over the rope. Furthermore, keeping the pole low helps to maintain her center of gravity low, which improves her ability to balance. The more that a tightrope walker rises above the ground, the faster she must walk to stay balanced.
There are many factors that come into play when tightrope walking, but mostly it is about balancing risk vs. reward. The higher up you go, the farther you can fall if you lose your balance. But because there's less ground below you, you're able to cover more distance before hitting the ground.
The most common way that people die while tightrope walking is by falling off of their pole. If they're not caught quickly enough, they'll likely break a bone or two and maybe even kill themselves. But even if they don't fall, being hit by an oncoming vehicle while crossing the street is also a common cause of death.
People have been tightrope walking for thousands of years. It was first used as a form of entertainment in places like India and Africa. Then it came to Europe where it became popular among high-class prostitutes who needed all of their money to stay out of jail. Today, tightrope walking is enjoyed by people of all ages around the world.
Tightrope walkers use a long, heavy bar to keep the net torque on their body and bar together at zero and in balance. This means that they don't have to worry about turning too quickly or slowly, and can stay focused on what's ahead of them.
The bar they use is called a trapeze and it must be very stable so that it doesn't sway back and forth when the tightrope walker moves toward it. The closer the bar is to the ground, the more weight it has to support and the more difficult it will be to keep it still. Some trapezes are as long as 13 feet and weigh over 100 pounds! At least one world-class tightrope walker carries a bar that weighs almost half of his body weight (480 pounds).
Tightrope walking is both an art and a science. Like any other form of balancing act, it requires practice to perfect your skills. However, unlike most other forms of circus arts, tightrope walking isn't just done for entertainment purposes. There are many types of performances used by tightrope performers including showdowns with animals, demonstrations against traffic, and tests of courage. Some artists even climb up their own tightropes!