CMU School of Drama

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Circus Leaves Town

BBC News: The air inside of a 25 foot cannon is hot and smells like metal. It’s dark and loud, and the moments before a launch - even for an experienced human cannonball like 32-year-old “Nitro” Nicole Sanders - are filled with real fear.

“There’s no feeling comfortable with it,” she says.

The cannonball act is deceptively simple: a cannon large enough to fit a human inside its bore “shoots” an acrobat high into the air, and she lands in a net or an airbag.

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