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DISCLAIMER

The contents of this section are dangerous. Misuse of the material can cheapen an art form or at the very least make you look stupid. More importantly, misuse of this information may result in jail time or death. Do not attempt any of these tricks without the direct supervision of a responsible professional.

 

Human Feats of the 21st Century

 

Bar Through Tongue

An Italian by the name of Frankroy, posing as an Asian, presented the following in New York. Playing side shows and stores, he tells that the effect is old in his own country although seldom seen elsewhere.  A steel hook is pushed through his tongue. A large vase full of water, supposedly weighing five hundred pounds is suspended from the hook and the performer whirls around with all this dangling from his tongue.

 

Secret: The hook is curved like the old knife through the arm. It is switched for the genuine hook under cover of cleaning the same. The fake hoop loops around the tongue and the teeth hold the brace. The vase has a small capacity because of a false partition, hence holds much less water than supposed. It is made of light hammered brass and though appearing heavy is really light.

 

Piercing the Tongue

The Hindu extends his tongue and proceeds to shove a long needle right through. In some cases a button is even sewed on!

 

Secret: A false tongue is made of flesh-colored rubber, and don’t think that this cannot be most convincing. Someday you will be fooled by this! This extra tongue is concealed between cheek and teeth, then mouth may be opened and shown “empty.”

 

Mouth is closed and then the tongue is apparently stuck out and the demonstration proceeds. The rest is easy. Of course, with all these demonstrations, suitable costuming and patter helps “sell” the trick.

 

Pierced Weight-Lifting

Anyone who wants his or her body parts pierced for weight lifting should use an experienced piercer.

 

Those who pierce their tongue discover that it thickens, making eating or talking difficult for weeks.  Nipples are pretty normal; ears are fine. Practitioners must keep an object inserted so the holes don’t close. They add large gauged jewelry to widen the holes in the same way that Africans do.

 

The holes are gradually stretched larger and larger. Once the holes are a size that can take hooks, they attach the hooks to a light chain and to objects they want to lift.

 

The weightlifter’s goal is to callous the areas that take the weight. So they start with something small and work their way up to heavier objects. As all pierced weightlifters can tell you, they put up with large amounts of discomfort for many years to perfect their act.

 

Buried Alive

Of the many means for performing this, the following is the best.

 

A grave is dug and a box placed in. The performer gets in and places a rubber hood over his head and the box is covered. Just before this, a long cane pole with a flag on the upper end is stuck in the box.  This can be announced as a mark of identification or a means of signaling. The entire grave and box is now covered.

 

The secret of the entire thing rests in the cane pole. This is hollow and the performer, getting his mouth into the bottom end, breathes the air freely. Not one in a thousand will suspect the pole as it is too tall for a spectator to see the end and is seemingly serving a useful purpose. One can stay underground by this method quite indefinitely. This is much less dangerous than other methods.

 

The Human Fountain

Another novelty seen was Mantado. He stands in a night club with streams of water spurting from the palms of his hands and from his feet. He is billed as the “Human Fountain.” You can look at his hands and feet and actually see the water shooting forth.

 

Mantado has had operations performed to accomplish this. Doctors have pierced his palms and feet and inserted silver tubes. To these, rubber tubes are attached and strapped to his arms and legs where they are hidden. They run to a hidden water supply.

 

This is quite an astonishing effect since the water is permitted to run for hours.  Another freak, named Jo-Gods, has created considerable comment among doctors. He does the usual fakir stuff, then takes out his eye for examination!

 

The eye is really blind and still connected to the optic nerves, etc. A most nauseating performance, and as one has remarked, “What won’t a person do to keep from working?”

 

Human Radio Feature

A wonderful advertising stunt using the needle jabbing test with it. This is intended for window or lobby work in a theater or store. Seat yourself in a chair with a loud speaker on one side and the receiving set on the other. Insert a needle in the left arm and one in the right. Connect the wire from the receiving set to one needle and the speaker wire to the other. Now have the radio tuned in. The music passes through the body. This is wonderful bally effect, and no harm can result from this. It is best not to use too powerful a set.

 

Human Pincushion

The maxim here is “If you can pinch an inch of skin, you can stick a pin through.” Professional pincushions typically ram needles and skewers through their arms, legs, throats, chests, cheeks and eyebrows anywhere they can lift extra skin.

 

The keys are: do not ram needles through vein and capillary systems; and when pulling needles out, pull slowly, giving any blood that may have formed time to coagulate.

 

Pincushions typically start with pins, then gradually work their way up to skewers. They develop sweet spots and can eliminate the original discomfort associated with this act.

 

DISCLAIMER

The contents of this section are dangerous. Misuse of the material can cheapen an art form or at the very least make you look stupid. More importantly, misuse of this information may result in jail time or death. Do not attempt any of these tricks without the direct supervision of a responsible professional.


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