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'Human Fuse' to attempt world record in Peru

June 11, 2014

By Carson Gerber, Kokomo Tribune, Ind.



June 11--PERU -- Brian Miser may not be entering the history books on Saturday, but he might just land a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Peru native and self-proclaimed daredevil who's worked in national circuses for decades as a human cannonball will attempt a new world record as the "Human Fuse."

An Italian TV crew will be on hand inside the Peru Circus Building to witness Miser launch himself more than 100 feet from his homemade contraption called the Human Crossbow while engulfed in flames.

It's an act he's performed hundreds of times, but the spectacle on Saturday will be an attempt at a world record.

The stunt wasn't his idea, said Miser's wife, Tina. She's the one who pulls the trigger to send Miser flying.

Tina said he was contacted by an Italian TV producer who asked if he'd be up for doing his act for an Italian TV show that documents people attempting world records.

A daredevil like Miser couldn't say no.

"Brian's been in the circus business since 1981, so it's cool after so much time an opportunity to do something new comes along," Tina said.

Miser won't be breaking an old record on Saturday, but will be creating a new one. A representative of Guinness World Records will be on hand to witness the event, but Tina said they won't know until after the show airs in Italy if the organization will accept the crossbow stunt as a new record entry.

Either way, Tina said, the chance to see a guy arc through the air at 65 miles per hour in a blaze of glory isn't something you want to miss. She encouraged everyone to show up to witness it. The public is welcome to watch and be part of the TV show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Peru Amateur Circus Building, 154 N. Broadway.

The stunt is also a great early kick off to the Circus City Festival just over a month away.

"We would love if this event would encourage people to come to the Peru circus," Tina said. "It's something near and dear to our hearts."

As kids, both Miser and Tina participated in the Peru Amateur Circus. Now, they help train kids in a variety of circus acts for their annual show every year.

Although Miser has performed the "Human Fuse" act hundreds of times, Tina said they're not taking Saturday's stunt lightly.

Getting blasted seven times the force of gravity inside Peru's circus building will create a challenge, since Miser is used to having stadium-sized arenas to put on the show.

"We're always looking out for his protection," Tina said. "You kind of always have to treat it like it's your first time. It never becomes something where you just roll out of bed and you're like, 'Let's go get shot out of a human crossbow.'"

Besides the crossbow, Miser also has built several cannons he's used to perform his human cannonball stunt as the headlining-act for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for the last 10 years.

Miser isn't a stranger to big media spectacles. Over the years, he's been featured on Conan O'Brian, David Letterman, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune and CBS National Radio.

"It's hard to beat flying through the air, no strings attached," Miser said in a press release. "To me, it's the ultimate."

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

IF YOU GO What: Human Fuse World Record attempt When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Peru Amateur Circus Building, 154 N. Broadway in Peru

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