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You are right when you say presentation is everything. Too many sideshow performers (or wannabees) think that it is enough just to do the stunt. And I've seen them get hostile with the audience because they didn't react with thunderous applause over a boring presentation. Yes, even hammering a nail in your nose can be boring.
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I have a live Horror show based out of Toronto Canada that incorporates Live Burlesque, music and mentalism. One part of my show is a combination act of Double Human blockhead, Nail bed walking and laying under weight, and passing a glass bead from my throat into my eye.

By itself, it has no real purpose and I agree that doing these routines for the sake of "look what I can do" really has no point. I use them as a example of how my character is able to turn off pain, and as silly as this is, it works because my Horror show is really a comedy horror show but not billed as one. The audience love it everytime and it's only based on context and presentation. Be careful. Even if it's just me being "insane" it doen't matter, it has a reason to be there.

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This is something that I would really like to learn. Can anyone PM me some "instructions"? Smile
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I saw Docc Hilford do the fan stopping routine at a Weerd Weekend several years ago. The way he presents it is really funny. He also chops a carrot into pieces using the running fan blade before he stops it with his finger.

By the way, he uses an old, metal-bladed fan.

Go back and read Todd Robbins' responses to this. Presentation is everything.
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Throwing it at the fan and stopping it wasn't the hard part...the hard part was the ripping it out with a pair of I'm going eat 6 cans of beans and sit in molten glass and blow out little crystal balls...anything to give the audience what they paid for...

Thank The Great Zamora! Tim Cridland suffers for me or else I'd think the above would be necessary to entertain todays crowd...oh...and the fact that I saw a guy with a little puppet get big laffs from a hard core group of spiked thugs...

it is ALL presentation...100%...but if you swallow rusted auto parts, that's the part that entertains YOU...remember the same crowd that gets off on Fear Factor and acts shoving swords up their ass also watches The Lion King and the Olympics.

Btw: the above was not a slap at acts who go over the edge...far from it...I've been around sideshow since the '50's...with it and for point was...and not well made either was that what ever you choose to do, do it because you do it well...enjoy it and not to impress people and be let in to a fraternity 'cause you are cool' and can hang by your eylid from a moving train...if you enjoy doing your act or rehearsal when NO ONE is present...then that's a good thing.
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Well said, Xmosis... I'm pushing 70, and still widdit!

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"The people who were dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music"
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