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This Urban Daredevil Does Death-Defying Handstands in Terrifying Places

Extreme athlete Scott Young can pop a handstand on just about anything... including a moving motorcycle, or the ledge of a 40-story building.
 
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With a background in free-running, acrobatics, parkour and movie stunts (including a gig on The Amazing Spider-Man when he was just 15), Young's obsession with handstands in dangerous places (always without safety gear) has taken the UK daredevil around the world, where he's documented his mad balancing act as far away as India and China... where he snapped the photo below, poised atop the ledge of a Shanghai skyscraper, nearly 500 feet up. 
 
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“When you do a handstand, you have to focus on the ground in front of you to keep your balance,” Young told the Daily Mirror. “It's more of a mental thing than anything else... you've just got to focus your mind on what you're doing, not what you might happen.”
 
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Scott's photos and videos have garnered a huge online following – with the exception of his mother, who is still too scared to watch. “She got a bit annoyed when I showed her the first video,” he explained, “so I've stopped telling her about them now." It was probably this one, also from the Shanghai stunt:
 
 
Young should think about teaming up with “Russian Spider-Man” Kirill Oreshkin for a series of videos... except they'd probably be banned as hazardous to viewers with nervous conditions!
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