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You should not attempt any of these Acts
without the direct supervision and training from a
responsible and trained professional.
As in all the
stunts in this book, it can be dangerous! You are very likely
to get cut to a greater or lesser degree and a cut can lead to
infection or worse. Before you read on, take the time to
reflect. Do you need this? Is it worth it? Does it fit your
style? Your show? Just because you saw that cool guy at the
sideshow do it, does not mean it should have a niche in your
life& When you re young, especially , you believe you are
invulnerable and all things can be done without a price,
later. . Wrong! Not long ago I saw a beautiful, professional,
quite famous actress, after having been taught by an expert
(?) how to walk on glass, under ideal circumstances, cut her
foot very badly & On TV.
Oh well, I hope I
made an impression.
You prepare by
getting about twenty or so THICK glass bottles, whiskey, wine,
beer, but THICK glass. Look behind the tavern or make a friend
of a bartender.. Remove all of the labels.
With a hammer and
goggles break the bottles into pieces about one and one-half
inches in diameter. You want to have pieces that will lay
relatively flat. Much bigger than this may crack under your
weight and make new SHARP edges. Take out all the bottoms and
necks, they are your enemy.
If you can, take
the glass and have it tumbled by someone who does gemstones.
This will take the edges off of more of the glass..
Disappointed? It s foolish not to do anything you can to help
make this act a little safer wherever you can. Lacking a
tumbler, you can put the glass in a small metal trash can and
rotate it until the edges are as smooth as you can get them.
Now take the glass and put it in a burlap bag, and roll it
until all the little shards are gone. Don t worry, this is
still a dangerous act. The performance If you keep the glass
in the trash can, roll it around a little more for the sound
effect, and openly smash a couple more bottles into the can,
and pick out the bottoms and necks, roll the can a little more
and then spill it on the stage or in a tray, preferably on a
carpet kept for the purpose, it will help you and make it
easier to clean up later.. There are performers who put a
layer of foam rubber under the carpet, but I m not sure it
does any good. At this point scan the glass to make as sure as
you can that there are no points left and use your foot to
flatten the glass as much as you can. Now all you really need
is tough feet& Be positive as you walk, and if you are wobbly,
have an assistant to help you keep your balance. Jumping from
a chair is an option, but the best performer in the business
just does a little dance in a small pool of glass to rave
God, sometimes the
memories flow...Fortunately, I suppose, my mind is a little
less rusty than my body.
Stepping onto a
lot for the first time, returning to a lot from a former date.
Finding a place to do much needed laundry, running into a
friend... Taking a bath.
There are so many
things that I failed to appreciate then, but that live in my
mind. I realize now that I only saw the forest then and not
the trees. Finding trees on a lot, simply to lean back against
and do nothing for a while... In the shade. Being as strong as
an ox and not knowing it.
little rain, cause it meant a day off, but at the same time
hating it, cause I loved the crowds. Going out on the bally,
and seeing marks that thought you were something special,
their eyes looking up, studying you as a curiosity. Hearing
the intake of collective breaths when you did something they
thought dangerous. Doing dangerous things and getting no
response at all, when the marks thought it was ordinary.
Talking an 100
per-cent blow-off, or finding a new line that worked during
Putting in a new
trick, and having it work... Loving applause, working,
romancing a microphone...
Smelling new hay
or sawdust. Being Widdit.