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MC Weekly

July 17, 2013

Up, up and away

Jon and Jenny Cole look back at 2 years in China, where Jon performed as the human cannonball.

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The next day, they found out about trouble getting the cannon into China, Jon said, so they didn’t start performing in the circus until July.

“Apparently they don’t just let cannons into China willy-nilly,” he said. “It was a stressful time.”

During the down period, though, the family got situated into their new home at the Changlong Tourist Resort, where the Chang Long International Circus performed every night from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Jon described the resort as the Chinese equivalent of Disney World. The resort included a theme park, water park, zoo and safari, as well as the world-famous circus show.

The family had unlimited access to everything in the resort, so when they weren’t performing, they took the kids on amusement and water rides and just hung out at one of the most posh resorts in the world.

They also got to know some of the other performs, who hailed from places like Russia, Kenya and Colombia. Jenny said the Kenyans were the nicest group, and helped them get settled.

Then it was time to perform. In July, Jon and Jenny stepped for the first time into the 10,000-seat arena at the resort as the human cannonball act. It was the grand finale that ended each show with a bang.

And that’s the act the couple performed every night for nearly two years in one of the best circuses in the world.

“It’s the best show I’ve ever seen,” Jon said. “It was stuff you just wouldn’t believe. The audio-visual of it all was itself amazing.”

The two got ready around 8:30 p.m. and headed up to the arena. At 8:55, Jenny blasted Jon onto a large air bag. By a little after 9, they were back in their room. Work was done for the day.

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