12/07/2012 12:01 pm ET Updated Jan 30, 2013

Iya Traore, 'Football Freestyler,' Performs Incredible Feats WIth A Soccer Ball (VIDEO)

Soccer trick shots are nothing new, but it's pretty safe to say you've never seen anything like this before.

In the clip above, Iya Traore, a French "football freestyler" and former finalist on "France's Got Talent," wows crowds with gravity-defying tricks. The street performer even balances a soccer ball on his forehead while climbing a lamppost (at about 3:39).

Last year, a video of Iya performing his signature lamppost trick went viral, garnering more than 500,000 views on YouTube and delighting users on Reddit, Metro U.K. notes.

According to Iya's website, the 26-year-old began playing soccer in his native Guinea before moving to France in 2000 with his father, an African art merchant. After getting cut by several traditional Parisian clubs, he decided to take up freestyling, performing in subways, shopping centers, and city squares.