Who can blame a human cannonball for having a blast to close every circus performance?
Cole Bros. “Circus of the Stars” 130th anniversary tour will pitch its big top on Monday for shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. daily through Wednesday on the east side of Oak Street, across from Myrtle Beach Convention Center, near 21st Avenue North.
The cast includes Dale Thomsen, in his second year among the aerial artists, but his first as the human cannonball. Speaking by phone last month during tour rehearsals at Cole Bros.’ home base in DeLand, Fla., the 28-year-old spoke about how his career has hit new heights.
Thomsen wasn’t born into the field, for he’s the first generation in his family to entertain in a circus. He remembered his entry, from his news reporting days, taking a backstage circus tour and thinking, “This is amazing,” then taking a circus class one day a week, and increasing that frequency to several days weekly.
He said he joined the trapeze troupe after the “lead flier” was expecting her baby, then he sprung into a new job for 2014 after the previous cannonballer had a family addition on the way.
“So I really owe my career in the bunch of pregnancies,” Thomsen said.
Last season ... when the circus was traveling through Minnesota, where I’m from originally ... it was my niece’s first time seeing a circus, and her uncle was in the trapeze act.
I love taking strolls through the big top at night, when no one’s here.
It all comes down to inspiration; you also need motivation, ambition and discipline, and that it requires a lot of commitment to be in the circus: taking care of your body, your mind and your soul.