How to make a circus cannonball jumper costume

Written by michelle barry | 13/05/2017
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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Things you need

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

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