Here’s what being a human cannonball in flight looks like

Have you ever had dreams of joining the circus? More specifically, have you ever wished you could be a human cannonball? Of course you have.

Here’s what being a human cannonball in flight looks like

Well, 25-year-old human cannonball Gemma 'The Jet' Kirby strapped a GoPro camera to herself to show us all just what being fired out of an enormous cannon is like - 100 feet through the air at 60 miles per hour.

Here's what it looks like from the outsideat the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus, in a recent clip where Gemma celebrated her 500th shot last month - with some of her thoughts on what it's like.

Kirby's an aerial gymnast by trade, with the cannon segment making up just one part of her act. She is, the circus claims the youngest female human cannonball currently performing.

In fact, the activity has long been a pursuit of women - the very first human cannonball was a 14-year-old girl in 1877.


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