BIG CROSSBOW HURLS MAN FIFTY FEET (Jul, 1933)
BIG CROSSBOW HURLS MAN FIFTY FEET
Somersaulting fifty feet through the air from a giant crossbow, a California daredevil recently introduced a new circus thrill. Billed as a human arrow, he takes his place in a small metal cradle and braces himself for the shock of starting. At a given signal, an assistant trips a trigger and the acrobat is hurled into the air and lands in a net fifty feet away. The cradle is driven by a coil-spring mechanism said to exert a driving force of more than 20,000 pounds.