This love story starts at the circus.
Hannah McGinnis was a diminutive aerialist in need of a stunt partner for the Triton Trouper Circus when it was suggested she pair up with David Jeselski, a slab of a man with tattoos and spiked hair.
"I thought he was creepy," she said. "He thought I was 12."
Almost immediately, there was an ease to their partnership — the lifts, tosses and catches undergirded by trust.
"Trust had to be instantaneous because if it wasn't I could get hurt," she said. "Our partnership grew into a relationship."
As performers, Jeselski of Oak Park and McGinnis of nearby Maywood are "Movements of Magic," a mix of magic, acrobatic stunts and sideshow tricks. They perform in circuses, festivals and cabarets. They've even appeared on
The Steve Harvey Show.
As a couple, their differences are complementary. Jeselski, 23, is a dreamer with boyish bursts of energy and a constant source of ideas. McGinnis, 18, is pragmatic and level-headed and cringes every time he says, "Hey, I've got an idea."
So far, there isn't a clear line separating business from their love life. On dates, especially ones that involve dancing, Jeselski brings a circus flair to their moves, forcing her to always be sure she is wearing stunt-appropriate clothing.
Otherwise, she has nothing to worry about.
"Our partnership is representative of our relationship," she said. "He promises never to drop me. He'll always be there."