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June 16, 2014

'Human fuse' ignites crowd, sets record

Brian Miser launched himself 104 feet, 7 inches in the air while on fire

PERU — Peru’s Brian Miser put his name in the Guinness Book of World Records Saturday as the first-ever “Human Fuse.”

A flaming Miser launched himself from his custom-made human crossbow 104 feet, 7 inches into the air Saturday at Peru Amateur Circus building on North Broadway Street, establishing a new world record in front of his hometown.

Prior to the death-defying feat, Miser checked the air bag, then climbed atop his human crossbow to line up the bag in preparation for his flaming jump. Miser converted his human cannon into a giant crossbow by installing a sled and a bow behind the cannon to launch himself.

With the aid of his wife, Tina, Miser climbed in the crossbow.

Tina then started the count down and ignited him. Five, four, three, two, one and, in an instant, a flaming Miser flew through the air and landed square in the middle of a giant air bag. Still on fire, Miser jumped from the bag with his arms in the air waving to the crowd before being extinguished.

Miser didn’t break an old record. Instead, he created a new one. A representative of Guinness World Records said since it was a first-time feat, they put a minimum distance of 26 meters. Miser exceeded that by flying 31.87 meters.

A Peru native, Miser began in the circus at age 8. He went professional after graduating from high school. Since then, he’s toured the world Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as as a flying trapeze artist and later as a human cannonball.

Miser met Tina in 1999, while they both were working at the Peru circus. He would later aspire to be a human cannonball. Tina was his trigger woman, shooting him out of the cannon. Soon, they would become a human cannonball couple, blasting off together.

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