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