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Ringling Bros.

Human Resources Dept. 8607 Westwood Center Drive

Vienna, Virginia 22182

United States

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Ringling Bros. is a world leader in the care and conservation of the endangered Asian elephant. In 1995, the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the reproduction, research and retire ... more

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With a jolt seven times the ...

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With a jolt seven times the force of gravity, Brian Miser, aka "The Human Fuse," will shoot himself through the air at nearly 65 miles per hour and arc more than 100 feet across the Festival grounds at Solberg Airport during the July 29-30-31 Festival weekend. While on fire. Yes, on fire. For this certified daredevil (as opposed to the regular kind), a mere cannon will not do. Miser launches himself from a 24-foot-long, self-made crossbow. "The thing with flying is that you're moving so quickly that the flames are behind you, but when you land they come up over you," said Miser. "It's the most exhilarating thing." With more than 7,000 launches in a 30-year-plus career and appearances on national TV including Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, Miser still gets nervous.

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Hailing from Peru, Indiana - known as the "Circus Capital of the World" because it served as the winter home for many circus troupes including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in the early 1900s - Miser started performing in the local amateur circus. He later joined Ringling Bros. as a flying trapeze artist and soon had his own solo act. But he had a calling to be a human cannonball. With no colleague to turn to for instruction and limited knowledge of the operational mechanisms of a cannon, he began to tinker in his workshop and fabricated a cannon by himself. Miser met his future wife, Tina, while volunteering at Peru's annual summer circus festival in 1999. He was a rigger in ring one and Tina a rigger in ring three. Soon after, Brian talked her into becoming both his wife and his trigger woman - after all, he also needed someone to shoot him out of the cannon. Miser made his blazing debut as a human cannonball in the 133rd edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey as "Bailey's Comet" in 2004 by doing a never-before-seen act --- lighting himself on fire. It wasn't long before Tina joined him in forming what became the only double-human cannonball couple in the world. Brian later ignited his imagination and generated an act even more electrifying than before. He converted a human-sized cannon into a human-sized crossbow, overcoming numerous challenges involved including the calibrations and modifications needed to include a sled and installing a bow behind a cannon to launch him from an open mechanism. Of course he would still light himself on fire. His new career as The Human Fuse was launched.
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Miser will perform multiple shows each day in the Jeep Family Fun Center throughout the Festival. His Sunday morning flight will be a little different than normal: instead of the Festival shooting a pistol to start its "AdvilĀ® Running with the Balloons" 5K Race, they'll shoot Miser from his crossbow.


With a jolt seven times the ...

www.balloonfestival.com [cached]

With a jolt seven times the force of gravity, Brian Miser, aka "The Human Fuse," will shoot himself through the air at nearly 65 miles per hour and arc more than 100 feet across the Festival grounds at Solberg Airport during the July 29-30-31 Festival weekend. While on fire. Yes, on fire. For this certified daredevil (as opposed to the regular kind), a mere cannon will not do. Miser launches himself from a 24-foot-long, self-made crossbow. "The thing with flying is that you're moving so quickly that the flames are behind you, but when you land they come up over you," said Miser. "It's the most exhilarating thing." With more than 7,000 launches in a 30-year-plus career and appearances on national TV including Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, Miser still gets nervous.

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Hailing from Peru, Indiana - known as the "Circus Capital of the World" because it served as the winter home for many circus troupes including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in the early 1900s - Miser started performing in the local amateur circus. He later joined Ringling Bros. as a flying trapeze artist and soon had his own solo act. But he had a calling to be a human cannonball. With no colleague to turn to for instruction and limited knowledge of the operational mechanisms of a cannon, he began to tinker in his workshop and fabricated a cannon by himself. Miser met his future wife, Tina, while volunteering at Peru's annual summer circus festival in 1999. He was a rigger in ring one and Tina a rigger in ring three. Soon after, Brian talked her into becoming both his wife and his trigger woman - after all, he also needed someone to shoot him out of the cannon. Miser made his blazing debut as a human cannonball in the 133rd edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey as "Bailey's Comet" in 2004 by doing a never-before-seen act --- lighting himself on fire. It wasn't long before Tina joined him in forming what became the only double-human cannonball couple in the world. Brian later ignited his imagination and generated an act even more electrifying than before. He converted a human-sized cannon into a human-sized crossbow, overcoming numerous challenges involved including the calibrations and modifications needed to include a sled and installing a bow behind a cannon to launch him from an open mechanism. Of course he would still light himself on fire. His new career as The Human Fuse was launched.
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Miser will perform multiple shows each day in the Jeep Family Fun Center throughout the Festival. His Sunday morning flight will be a little different than normal: instead of the Festival shooting a pistol to start its "AdvilĀ® Running with the Balloons" 5K Race, they'll shoot Miser from his crossbow.


_Don’t Try This at Home: An ...

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_Don’t Try This at Home: An Interview with Ringling Brothers' Brian Miser, the Human Fuse Don't Try This at Home: An Interview with Ringling Brothers' Brian Miser, the Human Fuse

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Don't Try This at Home: An Interview with Ringling Brothers' Brian Miser, the Human Fuse Don't Try This at Home: An Interview with Ringling Brothers' Brian Miser, the Human Fuse
Brian Miser is a man with true grit. He not only launches himself into the air from a crossbow he made himself, he does so while on fire. This Indiana native has been seen on Letterman (back-up dancers included) and across the country in front of audiences of all ages with the Ringling Brothers Circus. The circus is coming back to town and we decided to get him on the phone to see what he does in his spare time, how he decided to set himself on fire for a living, and to get some valuable advice on how to run away and join the circus. more >


Times Community Newspapers - Local News - 04/05/2006 - High-caliber coupleMarried human cannonballs part of 'Greatest Show on Earth'

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Brian Miser, of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, acknowledge the crowd at the Verizon Center last week before sliding into a cannon and being shot into the air.

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Human cannonballs Tina and Brian Miser, of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, acknowledge the crowd at the Verizon Center last week before sliding into a cannon and being shot into the air.
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Human cannonballs Tina and Brian Miser, of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, acknowledge the crowd at the Verizon Center last week before sliding into a cannon and being shot into the air.
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Tina and Brian Miser are human cannonballs for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which is in town at the Patriot Center now through April 16.
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Brian, 42, said he started out as a performing "trampolinist" in Peru, Ind., the so-called "Circus Capital of the World."He did that for 14 years before realizing there was something missing in his career: a cannon.
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Of the 10 cannons in the world that fire human cannonballs, Brian said he owns three of them.
Much like a magician, he declined to reveal his cannons' secrets, like how they are constructed and how they work.
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Brian, even after 5,000 launches, still takes safety seriously.He has to because accidents are an unfortunate part of the profession.At least 30 people have been killed since the first person was fired from a cannon in the late 1880s.
At a performance in Japan recently, Brian came close to a similar fate.He was shot into the side of the air mattress he was supposed to land on and fell hard to the ground, breaking his pelvis and tearing some ligaments.
"I'm sure it does," he responded as to whether the industry has a "crash appeal" with some of its fans."It's like watching a car race."
Apart from the risks, Brian said, like most jobs, getting motivated to be shot out of a cannon is not always easy.Morning performances are particularly rough.
"Sometimes, when you are in the cannon, you're thinking: What am I doing in here?," he said.

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