How to make a circus cannonball jumper costume

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How to make a circus cannonball jumper costume
A human cannonball is a popular icon of circuses that has prevailed for generations. (circus background image by Peter Baxter from

A human cannonball jumper is an iconic image from classic circuses dating back generations. The bit, performed as a spectacle during a circus tour, involved a man stuffing himself into a large cannon and being fired out of the cannon, becoming airborne, as a cannonball would. This costume can be created through many items found in your own closet, or through a few small purchases at a local vintage store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Gray clothing
  • Rain boots
  • Kitchen/bathroom rubber gloves
  • Red paint
  • Paint brush
  • Red belt
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Goggles

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  1. 1

    Assemble an all grey jumpsuit, or a grey pair of slacks or sweatpants and a long sleeved hooded and/or turtleneck shirt.

  2. 2

    Tuck the shirt into the trousers and wrap a red belt around your waist.

  3. 3

    Place a red bicycle helmet on your head and place a pair of goggles (red or black) over your eyes.

  4. 4

    Paint a pair of kitchen or bathroom rubber gloves red. Allow to dry. The gloves should be long enough to cover half of your forearm.

  5. 5

    Purchase a pair of red rain boots or paint a pair of rain boots red. Allow to dry.

  6. 6

    Pull the rain boots over the bottoms of your trousers. Pull the gloves on and over the sleeves of the shirt.

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