Two wheel tricks have been performed since the birth of the bicycle. The first trick was filmed in 1899 by Thomas Edison.
This style of riding is the origin of BMX and we have recently seen a revival of fixed gear tricks. It is likely the unicycle evolved from the penny farthing once the rear wheel was dispenced and riders experimented with how better to balcance over the front wheel, preventing unexpected deathly dismounts.
Joe Jackson from Vienna was one of the first cycling clowns and was on the world champion bicycle polo team before adopting his white faced veneer in the 20th century. Photographer and performer Mark Robson will be exhibiting some shots of the Parklife show by NoFit State Circus in the art.spoke.soul. event at Cardiff Cycle Festival this year. Bicycles and unicycles were used in the show and some community participatory events because they are part and parcel of outdoor park life. A bicycle track functioned as a stage for the main event held across a number of UK parks. A group of BMXers in Brighton were convinced into trying out the track and impressed onlookers with their riding around the circular stage.
Unicyclist Malte Knapp has a staggering repertoire of balancing acts shown here in Sweden.