The last of the performers approaches the top of the pole. He will be either the first to descend or the last. The musician has to straddle to make room for him on the platform. It is evident that big bodies would not have a future in this business as the amount of available room is very limited. Shortly the action will begin and the flyers will take off. My camera's timekeeping indicates that the performance consumes no more than 10 minutes from the start to the finish.