ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis circus community is mourning the loss of one it its own, a 21-year old juggler and performer who died in a car crash over the weekend.

Reggie Moore was a young man from north St. Louis, standing 6’6 tall and weighing over 300 pounds, who four years ago wandered into the City Museum and saw a circus performance.

“Reggie walked in and it was like somebody had thrown the magic fairy dust on him. His eyes got wide and he just wanted to be a part of it,” says Jessica Hentoff, the artistic executive director of Circus Harmony.

To Hentoff, Moore was “a fierce dreamer” and gentle giant who could juggle five balls, do flips, and was looked up to by young kids.

“Probably the most impressive thing to many people who come into the shows was how he learned how to flip and fly,” she said. “A really large man came over to Reggie one day and said ‘I just have to tell ya, it’s really nice to see a big man fly.'”

Moore had spent the summer performing on tour with Circus Zoppe and was studying trapeze work. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday night in his honor at the City Museum ring where he performed, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

“We’ve never, in 25 years, had a student pass away and it’s a really hard thing,” Hentoff added. “How do you explain that to a four-year-old who only likes to do his tricks when Reggie is there to spot him? How do you explain that to a ten-year-old who has been standing on his shoulders?”

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