Jim "Crash" Moreau


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Jim "Crash" Moreau


who hails from Bangor, Maine

A veteran of 51 years of performing live action stunts at County and State Fairs and Speedways of the United States and Canada. The picture on the right is: Crash Moreau (R) with Minnesota's 9 Toes (L)

Jim's specialty is crashing cars and blowing himself up. When crashing cars he uses everyday stock automobiles with a standard seatbelt and a crash helmet for protection. Jim uses no roll-bars in most stunts. Jim has demolished over 2,000 cars in his career.

In 1972, Jim learned how to blow himself up with dynamite and walk away from it. In 1980, Jim learned how to do the act in a safer way when he worked for The World Series of Thrills owner John Anderson. Jim still performs this act today under his trademark name of Captain Explosion. Today Jim uses at least a pound of explosives as real dynamite has been restricted by government regulations. A safe act now has become an unsafe act, by these regulations. Jim is only one of a handful of stunt performers who still knows how to use real dynamite.

In 1974, Jim was the first stuntman in the US to perform the STEEL WALL CRASH, some call the domino crash. Jim learned this act from the originator, The Unbelievable Lessard Brothers of Quebec. Since those first days Jim has been copied by many but still is the only cascadeur that has performed this stunt with more than 35 different ways including using a convertible and school buses.

Over the years he has performed stunts with new cars in precission driving over low ramps, stunts with motorcycles, snowmobiles and even a go-kart. On occassions he even dons his clown outfit and is known as Crash-O-Dare the daredevil clown.

Also in 1974, Jim performed a car roll-over for the movie DEATH RIDERS. Jim was asked to do the stunt completely different from his normal way. As the art of streaking was the thing to do, the director wanted Jim to streak in the movie. Jim rolled a car with only his crash helmet and cowboy boots on. More than 30 years later Jim is still the only stuntman to crash a car nude.

In the 80's, Jim became the 2nd stuntman to literally set himself on fire without a firesuit or fire gel at county fairs after learning the stunt the year before when he worked with Texan Gary Beall on Bill Siros Thrill-A-Rama. A few years later Gary could not make a performance and called Jim up. Gary asked Jim to take over this date and also asked Jim to come out of a car that just exploded. This was how Jim learned how to do the car explosion over MA BELLS network. A new act was developed.

Jim is probally one of the most versatile stunt performers in the outdoors entertainment business today. Jim is known by everyone in the business from coast to coast.

In the early 90's, Jim learned how to do a new car crash while he was performing at Autodrome De Mountaine in St. Eustache Quebec. The act is called the TORPEDO CRASH which was designed and first performed by Greg Riddell of Ontario, Canada. Jim has taken this act to a new level of blowing everything up on impact. Jim has even used a convertible in this act.

Over the years, Jim has been a stunt co-ordinator for other stunt personnel. He has helped motorcycle jumpers and so called THRILL SHOW PRODUCERS to start their shows. But no one can produce the wild stunt shows that he has produced for himself. Many has tried but they are still not up to par for a wild show.

In the 90's, Jim built a ramp on the back of a school bus and started to do one of the biggest touring divebomber crashes on tour at this time. Others had done this type of stunt for many years prior. But for now this was on tour  with the new Canadain Auto Circus and was first performed at St. Eustache, Quebec in June. The following year Jim designed the last Auto Cannon of the Century for Fransqua Boivan. In 2002, Jim put another stuntman Wildman Al thru a mobile home, end to end, while he blew everything up into a ball of fire. the following year he once again had Wildman Al drive this time, a dump truck into a school bus standing straight up onto it's rear end. The following year Jim designed a dirt pile for the Wildman to pilot a Garbage Truck off an 8 foot high  dirt pile to land a Guiness World Record of over 77 feet.

Over the years Jim has been very fortunaye for only having minor injuries, as he has known many performers who have died or been seriously injured while performing. With only one broken bone in his career, that of a broken finger. With many cuts, scrapes and bruises he did get his worst injury while performing the Sunday night before Memorial Day in 2004 at the Thompson International speedway in CT. Jim drove a school bus at full throttle into and thru the side of another school bus placed across the racetrack. When the bus hit, the impact broke the sideways bus into 2 pieces. The steering column came in on Jim and pinned him between the steering wheel and the back of the seat. Jim didn't receive any broken bones but had internal problems that made him sick all that summer. Jim kept on performing, starting two weeks after this mishap. Even today 2 and a half years later his stomach still occassionly hurts.

Jim is 69 years old and the 3rd oldest daredevil performing for the number of years in the business and the oldest full time touring stunt performer doing automobile crashes. You may find Jim at any one of hundreds of touring carnivals thru out the country as he is a member of the Carnival Historical and Model Builders Society and also a long time member of the CFA "Circus Fans of America" which at times he will be around a circus lot.