|Died||July 17, 1948 (aged 79–80)|
|Resting place||Myrtle Hill Memorial Park, Tampa|
|Known for||human cannonball act|
|Spouse(s)||Madelina Dal Paos (1872 – 1963)|
|Children||Hugo Zacchini, Edmondo Zacchini|
Inspired by the works of Jules Verne, Zacchini came up with an idea for a human cannonball act. Instead of explosives, Zacchini's human-firing cannon used compressed air, and he first tested it on his son Hugo Zacchini.
The idea for the cannonball act was initially proposed to the Italian government as a military maneuver to be used in conjunction with parachutes; when the proposal was rejected Zacchini looked to use the technique as part of an entertainment act.
- "Rene Zacchini left circus to serve in Florida House..." St. Petersburg Times. April 22, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- "Zacchini Cannon Enters Museum". St. Petersburg Times. March 31, 1976. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- "'Trigger man' behind human cannonball dies". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. January 11, 1993. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
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