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Trampolines and trapezes are out on the asphalt in Montreal, with colourful acrobats twirling near skyscrapers in breathtaking feats.

Spellbound crowds are a July tradition with hundreds of free shows going on in the heart of the Canadian city, which sees itself as a world capital of razzle-dazzle acrobatics.

The high-flying festival, known by the French name "Montreal Completement Cirque," annually draws tens of thousands of spectators.

Stephane Bourhis, a 53-year-old Frenchman, chose Montreal for his vacation precisely for the circus.

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