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Daredevil stuntman scales skyscrapers for the fans


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Check out a photo of Oleg “Cricket” Sherstyachenko and you’ll be forgiven for assuming that it entails a bit of Photoshop magic.

He’s usually captured standing on the ledge of a building, high above one glittering city or another, with just a few inches of open-ended steel between himself and a fatal plunge. Adding a bit of levity to the whole thing, he’s sometimes wearing work boots with the laces undone.

Photographer @skardova

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The photos are real. No retouching is involved.

Part rogue stuntman, part souped-up parkour-artist, 24-year-old Cricket has said that he “overcomes the boundaries of the impossible.” He’s done one-handed pullups from skyscraping heights, clung to life thanks to the grip of a collaborator’s hand and leaped around as if he were in a daisy field rather than on the ledge of a building.

According toRBTH.com, Cricket has been at it since the age of 14 and was inspired by the French daredevil movie “Yamakasi.”

ᴬᵀ ᴬᴺᵞ ᴹᴼᴹᴱᴺᵀ ᵞᴼᵁᴿ ᵂᴴᴼᴸᴱ ᴸᴵᶠᴱ ᶜᴬᴺ ᶜᴴᴬᴺᴳᴱ

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Although he participates in sanctioned stunt shows through Bankai Organization, which put on opening and closing ceremonies for the Sochi Olympics, Cricket is more famous for his well-photographed walks through the sky that seem completely spontaneous, verge on outlaw activities and thrill his 277,000 Instagram followers.

In one photograph, he extends his body between two multistory-high ledges. 

@deliveroo_ae Problem solved by #deliveroo in less than 32 minutes! #impressed

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In another, he spins around on a hoverboard while tracing the edge of a Dubai rooftop.

Cricket’s latest bid for online immortality will be participating in “URBEX: Enter at Your Own Risk,” an eight-part series for Red Bull TV that will have him leaping around and casually trotting along narrow beams of residential apartment buildings.

This story originally appeared on NYPost.com.