About those cool looking boomerangs at the circus

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Circus guest

Cicero, IL

#1 Dec 17, 2011
Ever wonder about those strange looking boomerang things you see zooming around the stadium at certain Ringling Brothers shows? You know, those that are 4 square edge wings banded on the outer circumference by a plastic ring and have that plastic stick you insert into the bottom of it? Well, believe it or not, those are not even called exactly "boomerangs" by the Ringling brothers. In fact, it is known most properly as a Boom-A-Ring, or Boom-A-Ring Disc.
Circus guest

Cicero, IL

#2 Dec 21, 2011
Boomarings can be bought through the Ringling Brothers website, and they are also sold at certain Ringling Brothers shows, especially at Fully Charged shows.
Mike

Medford, NY

#3 Dec 21, 2011
Circus guest wrote:
Ever wonder about those strange looking boomerang things you see zooming around the stadium at certain Ringling Brothers shows?
No, no I don't.
Clown man

Cicero, IL

#4 Feb 21, 2012
Additionally, by the way, Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Boomarings are made of lightweight plastic and will float in the water.
Boomaring owner

Cicero, IL

#5 Mar 21, 2012
In addition to the tips that might be displayed on the package, I have a few more rules to follow for other boomaring owners.

(1) Use only a wide open area, clear of any/all trees, buildings, power lines, electricity pylons, transmission towers, radio towers, cell towers, microwave towers, picnic shelters, gazebos, flag poles, and other obstacles. Unlike conventional boomerangs that might only fly in a single upward arc, reverse direction, and come back at you, or even frisbees that usually only fly in a gentle sweeping curve, boomarings have a much more loopy type of flight path. Boomarings are highly capable of circular, and even loop-de-loop flights, both of which can take it as high as 25 feet above the ground, which is nearly as high as a typical 3-story apartment building.

(2) It is inadvisable to play with a Boomaring in a parking lot or area where concrete or asphalt is the paving material. Concrete and asphalt are both highly abrasive to plastic and will cause heavy wear and tear on a boomaring and may even cause breakage of the wings at high velocity impacts. Therefore, a grassy meadow is highly recommended for Boomaring play. Beaches are even better as beach sand provides an even softer landing, and as said before, boomarings will float in water. Having said that, however, it is not advisable to play with a boomaring in or near a river with fast currents, especially for instance, in or near rapids, dams, and waterfalls, as the currents will easily wash your boomaring away.

(3) Wide open indoor areas (gymnasiums, indoor pools, fieldhouses, etc) may seem like a great place to play Boomaring, but there are risks in those areas, too. Indoor areas such as gymnasiums, indoor pools, and fieldhouses often have suspended ceiling fixtures (ceiling lights, fans, etc) that are rather highly capable of snagging a flying boomaring in flight. Some of those types of places can even have exposed ceiling/roof girders and trusses which are also capable of snagging a flying boomaring. Just because footballs and volleyballs simply bounce off those obstacles, it does not always mean that a boomaring would bounce off, too.

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#6 Mar 21, 2012
If it doesn't come back, it was just a stick.

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#7 Mar 21, 2012
Dr_Dirty wrote:
If it doesn't come back, it was just a stick.
But if you toss the stick to your dog, won't he bring it back? Then is it a boomerang? Hmmm, stupid things to ponder!

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#8 Mar 21, 2012
....I was gonna say that......

Tomorrow, Uh Clem WILL say it.
Boomaring owner

Cicero, IL

#9 Mar 21, 2012
If you choose a gymnasium to play Boomaring, by the way, there are other kinds of obstacles to watch out for as well, in particular, basketball hoops (which will snare a flying boomaring in a heartbeat!).

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SoundGarden

#10 Mar 22, 2012
the boomering is a developmental mix of the frisbee and a bommerang
and your right Dr dirty
in Australia if a stick comes back on its own accord its a boomerang
if it stays where you threw it or you need a dog for it to return it was only ever a stick

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#11 Mar 22, 2012
Clown man wrote:
Additionally, by the way, Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Boomarings are made of lightweight plastic and will float in the water.
Yeah but can you use it as a Rolling Tray like a Frisbee?
Clown man

Cicero, IL

#12 Mar 23, 2012
Spartan 2 wrote:
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Yeah but can you use it as a Rolling Tray like a Frisbee?
Actually, no you can not. There is a huge difference between a boomaring and a frisbee. Unlike a frisbee, which is basically a solid disk with a downward facing circular rim attached to the edges, a boomaring is simply 4 wings, about 1 and five eights inches wide per individual wing, all of which are banded by a thin ring which is roughly the size of a 10 gauge wire, plus the central stick, and open air between all components, therefore a boomaring can not be used as a rolling tray at all.

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#13 Mar 24, 2012
Clown man wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, no you can not. There is a huge difference between a boomaring and a frisbee. Unlike a frisbee, which is basically a solid disk with a downward facing circular rim attached to the edges, a boomaring is simply 4 wings, about 1 and five eights inches wide per individual wing, all of which are banded by a thin ring which is roughly the size of a 10 gauge wire, plus the central stick, and open air between all components, therefore a boomaring can not be used as a rolling tray at all.
Bummer...
Boomaring owner

Cicero, IL

#14 Mar 24, 2012
I also need to tell other Boomaring owners that the reason you need a wide open clean area to play boomaring is because, due to it's ringed wing design, flying boomarings will very easily get snagged and caught in trees, and can even get hung up/snagged on such structures as electricity pylons, power/utility poles, television antennas, and yes, even radio towers, cell towers, transmission towers, and flagpoles. And of course, once again, just like with a frisbee or other flying toy, playing Boomaring near buildings is totally inadvisable as I am sure another thing you do not want is to have your boomaring landing on the roof, or even the awning, of a building.

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#15 Mar 24, 2012
Boomaring owner wrote:
I also need to tell other Boomaring owners that the reason you need a wide open clean area to play boomaring is because, due to it's ringed wing design, flying boomarings will very easily get snagged and caught in trees, and can even get hung up/snagged on such structures as electricity pylons, power/utility poles, television antennas, and yes, even radio towers, cell towers, transmission towers, and flagpoles. And of course, once again, just like with a frisbee or other flying toy, playing Boomaring near buildings is totally inadvisable as I am sure another thing you do not want is to have your boomaring landing on the roof, or even the awning, of a building.
Bummer...

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#16 Mar 24, 2012
Did you know a hug is like a boomerang, you always get it right back...

Think about it!!:)
MOM2THREE

Scotch Plains, NJ

#17 May 27, 2012
My 13 year old son's lip & upper chin was lacerated by this exact toy. He required 10+ stitches by a plastic surgeon. Filed a complaint with Ringling Bros & CSPC. I would toss this toy, ASAP -- totally NOT safe!
Boomaring owner

Cicero, IL

#18 May 30, 2012
MOM2THREE wrote:
My 13 year old son's lip & upper chin was lacerated by this exact toy. He required 10+ stitches by a plastic surgeon. Filed a complaint with Ringling Bros & CSPC. I would toss this toy, ASAP -- totally NOT safe!
Probably by a boomerang made from scrap aluminum, and perhaps somebody forgot to grind the sharp edges dull. A plastic boomaring could never do that, unless somebody glued/taped razor blades to it.

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#19 May 30, 2012
MOM2THREE wrote:
My 13 year old son's lip & upper chin was lacerated by this exact toy. He required 10+ stitches by a plastic surgeon. Filed a complaint with Ringling Bros & CSPC. I would toss this toy, ASAP -- totally NOT safe!
Wait a minute!

You just said it wasn't safe then you tell people to 'toss this toy'?

Make up your mind!
Boomaring owner

Cicero, IL

#20 May 31, 2012
I do have to admit, and even the instructions say, that boomarings are not recommended for children under 3 years old.

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