talents

FIRE EATERS AND MANIPULATORS

The art of fire eating has evolved immensely to what we now view as ‘fire eating’. Today, most of us envision a performer extinguishing torches with the aid of their mouth. However, early fire eaters generally ate and drank burning objects like coals and pitch. The earliest record of fire eating dates back to 133 B.C.E. when a Syrian named Eunus lead a successful slave revolt while breathing out smoke, sparks and spikes of fire.

PAULINE MUSTERS - The Little Princess

PAULINE MUSTERS – The Little Princess

In the history of the world, little Pauline Musters is the smallest mature woman ever officially recorded. Pauline was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having stood only 1 foot 11.2 inches in height. Born on February 26, 1876 in Ossendrecht in the Netherlands Pauline Munster’s was almost half of her final…

BEN DOVA – The Drunk Daredevil

Ben Dova was born in Strasbourg on March 14, 1905 as Joseph Späh. After immigrating to the United States, as a young man, he took an interest in vaudeville and became quite an adept acrobat and contortionist. Ben Dova was perhaps best known for his signature ‘convivial inebriate’ act. His act consisted of Dova playing…

FRANK 'CANNONBALL' RICHARDS - The Punching Bag

FRANK ‘CANNONBALL’ RICHARDS – The Punching Bag

The pain proof man has existed in one form or another for centuries. From Fakirs walking on hot coals, to persons of extraordinary physiology like the great Mirin Dajo, to persons driving nails deep into their various facial orifices. However few individuals have captured the imagination of the modern pop culture audience than The Amazing…

NICCOLO PAGANINI - The Devil's Violinist

NICCOLO PAGANINI – The Devil’s Violinist

Niccolò Paganini, born October 27, 1782, is still considered by many the greatest violin virtuosi to have ever lived. While the 19th century saw several extraordinary violinists, the Italian Paganini was so beyond his peers that it was rumored by his contemporaries that he had sold his soul to the devil. Paganini first learned to…