The Most Horrifying Circus Accidents in History

10. Rossa Matilda Richter / Human Cannonball (1800s)

28-year-old Otto Kline had one of the most exciting acts in the Barnum & Bailey Circus during the 1910s. His stunt involved him circling the arena on his horse then swinging from side to side as his feet touched the ground while he held onto his saddle. Unfortunately, during one performance of the stunt at the Madison Square Garden in April of 1915, Kline lost his grip on the saddle and was flung against a box. As Kline’s head hit the wooden structure, his skull was badly fractured. The crowd of 5,000 people, at least half of them being children, were understandably shaken by what they had seen, and while personnel tried to revive the acrobat, they were unable to do so. Kline died at 7:40 p.m. later that night.
10. Rossa Matilda Richter / Human Cannonball (1800s)