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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Human cannonball takes a shot at ‘America’s Got Talent’



Human cannonball David “The Bullet” Smith, a former Englewood resident, will compete on the July 24 edition of “America’s Got Talent” for the chance at $1 million prize. NBC PHOTO
By Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Monday, July 23, 2012
Even after being shot out of a cannon more than 5,000 in the past 15 years, David “The Bullet” Smith still gets a little nervous each time he climbs into the barrel.
“It is the most intense environment in the world to be inside a human cannon,” Smith says a few days before he competes Tuesday on the national TV program “America’s Got Talent” for a shot at a $1 million grand prize and a Las Vegas show.
“You can’t see the landing net, just a little piece of sky, listening to a countdown to my blast-off,” he says. “After all these years and all these shows, I know I’ve got one show and every time it could be fatal. That does cross my mind.”
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David “The Bullet” Smith Jr. competes as a human cannonball on “America’s Got Talent.” NBC
 
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Smith — who until last year lived with his family in the Englewood area, and how has three of his children attending Vineland Elementary School — is hoping for good weather for the spectacle he is planning outside an arena in Newark, N.J., where the NBC talent show is whittling down the top 48 contestants to a smaller group of semifinalists. He hopes to become one of the four acts competing Tuesday night that make it through this last round of 12 contestants.
At an audition in Austin, Texas, judges praised the 35-year-old’s skill.
“You blew it out of the box. You were a lot of fun to watch,” radio shock-jock Howard Stern said. “I want to see you again.” And Sharon Osborne added, “You think you’ve seen it all and there are no surprises, but you really surprised us all. It was fantastic.”
Smith has been performing as a human cannonball for more than 15 years, picking up on an act developed by his father, David “Cannonball” Smith Sr., who earned a master’s degree and then hit the road and joined the circus.
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