cannon ball human

The Cannon Shot



leaf except steady as a leaf
steady nervous the last time
rotate impress responsibility
spin hopefully helicopter
bull kind of bull’s-eye
blade cannon just in case
injury major (2) successful
hell root for what the hell
feel anxious he’s lost his mind
ready root (2) oh my gosh
plan human ambulance
good luck go as planned






Simon: Hi Bello. How are you?
Bello: Steady like a leaf.
Simon: Yeah, you look nervous. Really nervous. Okay, tell me what you’re going to be doing.
Bello: Last time I got ‘yeses’ from everyone — except you. And I told you I will do anything to impress you.
Simon: Now hang on a minute: I’m not taking any responsibility. I didn’t ask you to do this.

Heidi: You did. You kind of did.
Simon: No, I didn’t. Just tell me what’s going to happen here.
Bello: Well, hopefully, I make it from the cannon, over the helicopter, and land on the bull’s-eye.
Simon: Okay that blade’s going to be rotating?
Bello: The blades will be spinning.
Simon: Has anyone ever done this?
Bello: This has never been done before. Forty-eight (48) people in history have tried human cannon-balling; half of them have been successful.
Simon: And the other half?
Bello: Well, the other half died.
Mel B: Oh my god.
Bello: Even the ones that did make it have had some major injuries.
Billy England: What the hell? He’s thinking he’s lost his mind.
Bello: That’s my daughter right there. She is watching.
Simon: Okay I think we should just get on with because I’m feeling anxious.
Bello: Okay, thank you.
Heidi: We’re rooting for you.

Bello: Are you all ready?
Audience: YEAH!!!!!!


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Simon: He is NUTS.

Tyra Banks: We have an ambulance waiting here, just in case something doesn’t go as planned.

Heidi: Bello. Good luck Bello.

Heidi: Simon, I feel a little sick. Oh my god.

Tyra Banks: Now he’s in.

Heidi: Oh my god no.

Audience: Five . . . four . . . three . . . two . . . one . . .

Tyra Banks: Let’s see if he’s okay though.

Howie: Is he okay?


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1. Bello looks confident. True or false?

2. Does Bello want to please Simon? Is Simon a critical judge?

3. The judges had an argument. Is this right or wrong?

4. What was Bello’s plan? What did he plan to do?

5. Is the stunt is very dangerous?

6. Do the judges Bello is normal or crazy?

7. The judges and audience felt very calm and relaxed. Is this correct or incorrect?

8. What happened in the end?


A. What did you think of Bello’s performance? Were you impressed? Scared?

B. I have seen human cannonball acts before. Yes or no?

C. My friends and I want to be like Bello.

D. Should people try risky things in life?

E. What will happen in the future?

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