I have never stood and watched a show before with my hand clasped over my mouth in fascinated horror as someone performs what I consider a dangerous act. Until I saw DangerBoy at Bingara Orange Festival which I posted about previously. He has aptly named himself!
DangerBoy was a feature show at the annual Bingara Orange Festival. He performed 4 acts. And survived which is more than can be said for some of the audience. The attrition rate was high in the first few minutes.
ACT One – Swallowing a Whole Balloon
This was pretty neat. DangerBoy blew up one of those modelling balloons and then swallowed it. He gagged a few times (as did some of the audience) but he managed to get it all the way down. He then popped the ballon and pulled the deflated balloon out.
I coped OK with this one. I get the idea we can control our reflexes and that we can train our bodies to accept flexible things into our bodies.
Not yet horrified!!
ACT Two – Insert a HUGE Nail Into His Nostril!
You know when you see kids trying to dig things out of their noses? They are lucky to get to the first knuckle. DangerBoy held up this ridiculously long nail (about 15cms) and said he was going to insert it into his nostril. He proved it was real – real metal, real straight, real hard. Members of the audience confirmed all this for the rest of us!
If you look carefully at the first photo above you can see the nail – he’s pointing with it. It’s big when you consider its going into a nasal cavity!!
He then started to insert the nail into his head. After about 5 cms he asked this girl from the audience to HAMMER it the rest of the way in. The girl said she’d never used a hammer before – she back it up in her not so accurate hits of the nail. But she hammered the nail into his head. I couldn’t stop watching – I was transfixed. I couldn’t see any trick or optical illusion possible here. She hammered it so the end disappeared into his nose. Ow!!
He pulled it out all shiny and moist from inside his nose!! 000 was not yet required.
ACT Three – Swallowing Razor Blades and Then Pulling Them Out On a String!!!
I almost forgot to take photos of this one as I was unable to move. I couldn’t believe that someone was doing this – in front of my eyes.
DangerBoy got out a razorblade – the old fashioned type with razor shape sides (!!) on both edges. He proved it by cutting a playing card with it. He THEN SWALLOWED THE RAZOR BLADE!! How do we know he swallowed it? He grossed some poor girl out by making her put her finger in his mouth to check if the blade was there. As she pulled out her saliva covered finger from his mouth (oooowwwwww!) she said it wasn’t there.
He then swallowed another 4 razor blades. I have to admit at this stage I had my mouth covered in disbelief and concern. How was this possible? If it’s real, the blades HAVE to cut him as he swallows them.
If DangerBoy wasn’t swallowing these razor blades he was doing a VERY good impression that he was. I believed him.
Down went the 5 razor blades – oh – they looked so sharp. When I was little my Dad used one of these types of razors – only type available then. Once when we were all travelling I put my hand into the family toiletry bag and got cut by Dad’s razor. I’ve never forgotten that and I’m sure my memory of my sliced finger added to my horror of what he was doing!
After the 5 razors he then swallowed a piece of sewing thread – ordinary, black sewing thread – about 50cms long. Why?? We, the audience, weren’t sure.
He swallowed most of the thread except he held on to the end. He then made all these faces, wiggled his stomach, moved a bit, made some more faces then…… started to pull on the black thread.
OMG!! Do you know what he was doing?? He was pulling out the 5 razor blades from what looked like inside him. They were all ATTACHED to the piece of string!! As he kept pulling the string another blade popped out – swaying on the thread. It was incredible. I only just remembered to take a photo. I was so anxious and horrified and fascinated and in awe of what I was seeing.
Most of the time I had my hand to my mouth and saying to my friend “Is this real?”. (No answer – everyone was focused on this crazy guy eating razor blades!! Morbid fascination!!)
OK – breath – this mad guy is still alive. No blood. And there is more??
Act Four – Lying On A Bed Of Nail and Having Someone Break A Brick With A Sledge Hammer On Your Stomach
This guy’s constitution must be robust!!
I think I’ll just let the pictures tell the story. My heart was still pulsating from the razor blade episode!!
Well – that was DangerBoy!! There was a tentative applause – I feel because we were all kind of in shock at what we’d seen. We all hadn’t quite recollected ourselves to give DangerBoy the applause he deserved.
After this it was definitely time for a milkshake at the Roxy Theatre cafe!
What will there be at the Bingara Orange Festival next year?? Come and find out. See you there!
Hasta pronto……. (until soon……..)