Danger Dan’s Last Ride on The Flying Circus

Words Cam McRae
Video Matt Dennison
Date May 13, 2015

The Flying Circus is still Dan’s most significant creation. Not only because of the stunts that were pioneered, the insane scale of some of the moves nor the films that were shot there; it’s the journey he was on while building the trail that left an indelible mark.

Back in the late 90s Dan was home for Christmas. He’d been teaching in Sweden but while back in Canada he had a pain in one of his testicles. Soon after he was in surgery and then chemo began. Building The Flying Circus became part of his treatment – and it likely played a role in his successful recovery.

To read more about Dan and the Circus and to see more of Morgan’s photos, click here.

Danger Dan is one of the characters that helped make the North Shore such a crazy and unique place to ride.

It turns out that Dangerous Dan Cowan is afraid of heights and it took him some time to get comfortable atop The Ridiculator. Photo – Morgan Taylor

Back in the late 90s Dan was home for Christmas. He’d been teaching in Sweden but while back in Canada he had a pain in one of his testicles. Soon after he was in surgery and then chemo began. Building The Flying Circus became part of his treatment – and it likely played a role in his successful recovery.

To read more about Dan and the Circus and to see more of Morgan’s photos, click here.


Danger Dan is one of the characters that helped make the North Shore such a crazy and unique place to ride.

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Lee-Lau
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Lee Lau  - Dec. 21, 2015, 12:36 p.m.

Thanks for the memories Dan

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dean-tennant
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Dean Tennant  - May 18, 2015, 11:44 p.m.

Legendary rider and trail.

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kris-holm
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Kris Holm  - May 15, 2015, 9:33 p.m.

Wow, incredible memories. Thank you Dan for creating a trail that was hugely influential for so many of us. I miss that trail. Can we keep this thread going with a few more clips of Circus in it's heyday?

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kris-holm
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Kris Holm  - May 15, 2015, 9:31 p.m.

Wow, incredible memories. Thank you Dan for creating a trail that was hugely influential for so many of us. I miss that trail. Can we keep this thread going with a few more clips of Circus in it's heyday? Here's one to start, circa 1999 (pre-Ridiculator):

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Ryan-Leech
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RyanLeech  - May 15, 2015, 5:40 p.m.

Wow, great video that elicits some wild memories! Dan, nice work my friend, and thanks NSMB for the history!

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michael
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Michael  - May 15, 2015, 12:52 a.m.

I cleaned it once… and fell off it once, broken humerus (funny). So I'm ok with 'skinnies are dead' those things are love/hate more hate.

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paul-watt
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Paul Watt  - May 13, 2015, 11:13 p.m.

amazing piece! loved every second, and brought back memories of not riding what was some of the sickest stuff ever built!

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