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Does anyone know of any sources for performing the Human Blockhead?

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Has anyone ever been seriously injured by doing this effect? I do it from time to time and wanted to start using a longer nail but I'm a little scared. Any advice?

Also, is there a good way to time blood dripping from your nose. I have fake blood but it always runs out earlier than I want it too.

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Width is more amazing then length, no joke.
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To get blood at just the right time, use a 10 inch nail up a five inch nose! Mel Burkhart did the blockhead for more than 70 years. No blood, just excellence.
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Jim Rose "Freak Like Me." It has explanations to lots of this stuff in the ending chapter.
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I've done the blockhead for years,its NOT a blood thing.Blood would cheapen the effect and routine.
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Any lunatic can hammer a nail into their head and then bleed everywhere. But only a pro can hammer a nail into their head and not bleed. Which do you want to be?

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I have never seen more inaccuracies in a book than "Don't Try This at Home" in Rose's book!
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Yep. The 'how to' section at the back of that book is misleading at best. Deadly dangerous at worst. As Slim almost said above.

"DANGER WILL ROBINSON!"

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Thank you Slim Price for the link to the sideshow freaks site. The photo's and reproductions on this site have brought back some great childhood memories.
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It's a little late to be adding to this thread, but come to Coney Island in November and we'll teach you to do the Blockhead and much more.
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I perform this a lot...people flip when they see it.
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After performing the Blockhead for over 20 years, I had my first accident. I was performing on the street (actually, it's a stage set up in a shopping pier) and while hammering, hit something and the blood flowed. I tried to claim it was part of the act, but didn't get away with it.

I know exactly what went wrong. The previous night, I did a show and another performer said I should switch hands (I usually hammer with left, hold with right) so the audience could see the insertion better. This has never been an issue before, but I let it distract me. I should have realized you simply can't change 20 years of practice and technique in two minutes. So, in mid-hammer the next day, I changed hands.

The blood looked scarier than the actual damage, but it gave me new respect for this trick which I've been fairly casual about.

Be careful!
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On 2003-09-23 20:46, djvirtualreality wrote:
I perform this a lot...people flip when they see it.

True enough. I had a mother cover her children's eyes and drag them away while I was doing the Blockhead. Sometimes the audience's reactions are entertaining. Smile Smile
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How far can the average person go?

I say that because I'm unsure if 4.5''-5'' is normal. That's all I can do.

(I know there's a joke there, but come on, that's a little too easy...)
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Anyone trying this should know that you have to dull and round the tip of the nail; some performers have their spikes chromed and the smoothness of the chrome allows a safe situation. If you use a pointed nail you run the risk of seriously damaging important membrane in your sinus cavities. Be careful!
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If you are able to get to your sinus cavities, you are doing some sort of miracle! Do a little homework.
Browse inferior turbinates, at least.
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I meant to say nasal sanscan, stay calm. Just trying to help prevent injury.
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I always keep a small first aid kit handy. In it I have a few Q-tips and a tube of neosporin antibacterial creme. If I have a nose bleed from the blockhead, which sometimes happens after I have flown to a gig thanks to the lousy dry air in the plane,I swab it out with the creme to prevent infection. I also keep a bottle of Ocean nasal spray in the kit too and spray my nasal passage if it gets too dry. Ocean spray is just salt water and it moistens up the membranes nicely.
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