Even after Ringling demise, circus life goes on for Indiana family


MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - He was the human cannonball and his wife used to light the fuse.

They were a circus act in the now-defunct Ringling Brothers Circus, but the story doesn't end there.

The old axiom is the family that plays together stays together. The Misers are living it and now they can even live in it.

"The first time I saw it I thought 'that's a little bigger than I remember it'," Tina admitted, referring the circus train car they used to call home.

The two of them lived in a car like this one when they performed with the Ringling Brothers circus. When the circus stopped, they bought one of the cars and moved it to their rural Miami County home.

"This was the apartments that went down the track. A whole town went down the track so it was a whole different lifestyle or way of being so we didn't want that to end," Tina said.

Brian is still The Human Cannonball.

"Two cannons in here and one on the way back from Germany," he said. "I went and did a television show over there recently."

He showed us three human cannonball launchers in his garage.

It all started with a phone call when he told the circus he could not only launch himself from a cannon, but do so while he was on fire.

"He pitched the idea to them and their talent scout came here to watch him get fired out of a cannon on fire in my parents backyard," Tina said.

Now they have constructed their own family playground.

"This is what we do for them, this our big circus playground," she said as she opened her arms to show a man-made pond with various circus training apparatus around it.

Now, 13-year-old daughter Skyler is preparing for a possible career under the big top.

"It was awesome," they said of circus life. "You sit here at the dinette and watch the world go by. Families would come out and wave at the train as you went by. It was like nothing else."

It still is.

The seed was sown in Peru and now it is being passed on in Peru as well.