was born in Concord, North Carolina, in 1923. He was
missing all four limbs below the elbows and knees. When
Emmett was a child, his father did not allow anyone to help his
son dress himself or perform other mundane tasks. "I
thought he was being cruel, but now I'm grateful to him."
Emmett said - his father's insistence had forced him to become
Emmett's act was
mostly based around juggling, for which he used paddle-balls,
and he was sometimes billed as the "Stump-Limbed Juggler"
In addition to working as an attraction with Hall and Christ
shows for 8 years, Emmett was a skilled mechanic, holding and
manipulating his tools with his mouth.
According to Ward
Hall, Emmett was a "kind man with no bad habits". Upon his
retirement in 1978, Emmett married his lone-time love. He
and his wife lived in relative comfort in Concord until his
death in 1996.
Blackwelder and Ward Hall
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