Vadim Bolotsky and Nikolai Melnikov are classically trained Russian circus performers. They are part of a group of Russians who came to Las Vegas in 1993 to perform a flying trapeze act in "Mystere" the first Cirque du Soliel show in Las Vegas. Many of the dozen or so performers still live in Las Vegas, doing various things and living various lives. Vadim was a flyer and Nikolai was a catcher. These days, Vadim lives rural life in Pahrump and helps out as a stage manager at the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, Ca. Nikolai still performs. He is part of a two-man hand balancing art in "V The Ultimate Variety Show" at the Miracle Miles Shops in Planet Hollywood.
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