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Strap on your armor and saddle up with two professional jousters in a winner-take-all match.
Not many people can say they joust for a living. Matthew Mansour, also known as Sir Maxmillian The Jousting Earl of Braden, counts himself among the lucky few.
At the age of twelve Mansour started working for carriage drivers in Central Park. One of the drivers was a jouster at the New York Renaissance Faire. Mansour accompanied him to a joust and immediately fell in love with the sport. That was over thirty years ago.
Today, Mansour travels across the country with his company, The Jousters, performing at renaissance faires year-round. Join them for a day of combat in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the video.
There are many demands on modern-day jousters. During the week, they rehearse, train, and care for their horses. Unsurprisingly, handling an 11-foot lance while encased in 85 pounds of armor on horseback requires great strength and practice. The troupe also makes and paints up to 50 lances and 38 shields a week, which are used during matches on the weekend. These are sold to fans as souvenirs after each show.
As a result of living and working together full-time, the group is close on and off the field. However, a healthy dose of competitiveness still exists between the knights. While The Jousters’ shows are theatrical, their matches are never choreographed. The hits are real, too. Mansour compares the shock of a lance strike to a car crash, explaining that the jolt ripples through his body with the same intensity every time.
At the end of the day, The Jousters’ ultimate goal is to provide fans with an authentic and enjoyable experience. During a time when so much entertainment comes from screens, the troupe takes pride in giving people a reason to look up from their phones.
“To me, every bit as good as winning the joust is winning the hearts of my audience,” Mansour says.
Unleash your inner knight in the video above.
Bristol Renaissance Faire: http://www.renfair.com/bristol/
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