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June 12, 2014

'Human Fuse' to attempt world record in Peru

Guinness to watch Peru native shot from self-made crossbow while on fire

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.

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