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Stephanie Smith, Human Cannonball at the Royal Melbourne Show, 2005
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Stephanie Smith, Human Cannonball at the Royal Melbourne Show, 2005
For the School of Fish album, see Human Cannonball (album).

The human cannonball is a circus act in which an individual is launched into the air by a powerful spring or compressed air. Real big guns from the second world war have been used for this purpose. Human cannonballs have reached speeds up to 60 miles per hour. The human cannonball will land on a horizontal net, the placement of which is determined by classical mechanics. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1067, 519 KB) Stephanie Smith, Human Cannonball - 2005 Melbourne Show File links The following pages link to this file: Human cannonball Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Human cannonball Wikipedia:Featured pictures candidates/January-2006 ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1067, 519 KB) Stephanie Smith, Human Cannonball - 2005 Melbourne Show File links The following pages link to this file: Human cannonball Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Human cannonball Wikipedia:Featured pictures candidates/January-2006 ... The Secondary College Carcase Comp The Royal Melbourne Show is an agricultural show held at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds every September. ... Human Cannonball is an album by alternative rock group School of Fish released in 1993 by Capitol Records. ... The Big Top of Billy Smarts Circus Cambridge 2004. ... Classical mechanics is a branch of physics which studies the deterministic motion of objects. ...


The sound and smoke of the shot may actually be produced by an explosion (of a gunpowder or other charge), but this is separate from the launching of the person, and purely for effect. Smokeless powder Gunpowder, whether black powder or smokeless powder, is a substance that burns very rapidly, releasing gases that act as a propellant in firearms. ...


A male holds the current world record for the furthest human cannonball flight is 56.54 m (185 ft 10 in), by David "Cannonball" Smith Sr. This human cannonball feat occurred on May 29, 1998, at Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA. It is estimated David was traveling at over 112 km/h (70 mph) during the flight.


Not surprisingly, this is a very dangerous activity. Stephanie Smith, shown right, was injured at the Royal Adelaide Show on the 1st of September 2006 when she overshot her landing airbag. The extent of her injuries is unknown, but Smith underwent surgery at the spinal unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital. A human cannonbal will usuallaly lose about two inches from her height whenever she is fired. The lose in height comes from her backbone being compressed. September 2006 is the ninth month of 2006 and has begun on a Friday. ... Spine is a word with several meanings. ...


Before this incident, her largest injury, two broken ankles, had been sustained while she was shot out of the cannon.

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External links

  • BBC News Article on being a human cannonball
  • The Straight Dope page about human cannonballs]

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Human cannonball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (183 words)
The human cannonball is a circus act in which an individual is launched into the air by a powerful spring or compressed air.
The human cannonball will land on a horizontal net, the placement of which is determined by classical mechanics.
According to the documentary Human Cannonball by The Discovery Channel, it is estimated that of the 52 humans who have attempted this, 30 have died.
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