Our cover story this week takes a dive into the world of Elliana Grace Hentoff-Killian, St. Louis' very own Human Cannonball.
At twenty years old, she became the youngest Human Cannonball in Ringling Bros. history. And she was practically born in the circus ring: She performed her first trick when she was six months old. Her mother is a founding member of Big Apple Circus and St. Louis-based Circus Flora and is currently the director of Circus Harmony at the City Museum.
What's it like to fly through the air?
Check out the videos below.
Here's a Ringling Bros. video with cannonball footage at the end.
And here's a video of Grace at Circus Harmony in St. Louis.
Read the whole cover story on stands this week: She Flies Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease
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