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Shaobo Qin

Shaobo Qin, a member of the internationally acclaimed The Peking Acrobats, was touring with the troupe when he was spotted and asked to audition for the part of Yen in Ocean's Eleven. Winning the role, Qin made his feature film debut in the film, joining an ensemble cast that included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts, under the direction of Steven Soderbergh. Two years later, he reprised his role in the sequel, Ocean's Twelve. He more recently appeared in the film Funky Monkey, with Roma Downey and Matthew Modine.

Born in Guangxi, China, in 1982, Qin saw his first acrobatic performance at the age of eleven and knew immediately that he wished to pursue a career as an acrobat. Ironically, that summer when his family enrolled him in an acrobatic arts school, he ran away after only two days. It took three more tries before he found the courage to stay and dedicate himself to the intense training required.

While he was still at acrobatic school, Qin was selected for the touring company of The Peking Acrobats. It was then that he came to the United States, where he trained in Los Angeles for the company's national and international tours, honing his skills as an acrobat, contortionist, tumbler and juggler. He toured with The Peking Acrobats for four years, performing in many venues across the U.S. and Canada, including Six Flags Theme Parks, Paramount Theme Parks, and various fairs and festivals. In 2001, Qin appeared on Broadway with The Peking Acrobats when they played to sold-out houses at The New Victory Theater. He was also part of an elite group of performers who went on The Peking Acrobats' Premiere Italian Tour in 2005.

In addition, Qin appeared with The Peking Acrobats on Fox's Guinness World Records: Primetime, where he participated in setting the world record for the Human Chair Stack-where six people balance precariously perched atop six chairs 21 feet in the air without safety lines.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Shaobo Qin Facts

BirthplaceGuangxi, People's Rep. of China
Height5' 6" (1m68)  How tall is Shaobo Qin compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Ocean's Eleven
Ocean's Thirteen
Ocean's Twelve
Ocean's 11
Syriana/Ocean's Twelve
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