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Ray Wold Biography – Ray Wold Wiki
Ray Wold is a performer of a danger act involving fire and knife-throwing. He is a contestant on America’s Got Talent (AGT) 2023. Ray has received nicknames such as “the real burning man” and “man on fire”. He performed in the Cirque du Soleil show O. He’s also been on the David Letterman Show.
At age 19, he went to the famed and notoriously tough Ringling Brothers Clown College. The college is free, but if you’re asked to stay with them, you work for low pay and commit to year with the circus, all the while learning from some of world’s most famous clowns like Bill Irwin, Lou Jacobs and Frosty Little.
Originally from Eagan South Dakota, Wold was born in a town with 110 people. “There were 10 in my family, so when we left, we took almost 10 percent of the population,” he laughed. They moved to San Diego where Wold started performing on the streets in hopes of earning his keep through tips.
He was working in Monte Carlo Circus Festival and Sporting Club in 1998 when Cirque du Soleil approached him about appearing in the new show they were mounting at the Bellagio Hotel. He had is reservations because he didn’t know how he would fit in with them.
“I’m this little tramp of a clown who sets himself on fire, and they’re so artsy,” he said. “But it worked out well.”
Ray Wold America’s Got Talent
Ray Wold is a contestant on the 18th season of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC. During an episode of America’s Got Talent on June 6, 2023, performer Ray Wold took the stage with his 85-year-old mother to perform for judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara. Their goal in performing was to show the younger family members that you’re never too old to “go for the gusto” in life.
“Every time I contacted somebody to help me out, they would not do it,” he said. “And, that’s when my mom said, ‘I’ll do it.’ She is just the best mom.”
During his AGT season 18 audition, his mother stood between a pillar that was on fire while Ray – whose back was also on fire – threw knives at one side of her. Their shocking fire stunt left the judges gasping for words.
After the performance, Heidi Klum said: “This was such a hot mess, I loved it.”
Sofia Vergara seemed speechless, saying: “I don’t know what happened during the show. I don’t know what is happening now.”
She then praised Ray’s mother, saying: “She is the star of the show.”
Howie Mandel, who pressed the buzzer, said: “I’m all for family. But, I think if you gonna spend quality time with your mother, you shouldn’t throw knives at her.”
Howie said no while the other three judges said yes, meaning the act sailed through to the next round.
Ray Wold Age
AGT’s Ray Wold was aged 64 at the time of his America’s Got Talent audition in 2023.
Ray Wold Family
America’s Got Talent 2023 contestant Ray Wold is married to his wife Mysha McClain, the founder and Director of Education of the school, Prestigious Academy of Las Vegas. They have a son called Ray J.
Ray Wold’s Instagram handle is @ray.wold.16.