Back on the Bed of Nails

We had some musings earlier on those ‘fakir’-type things we have in our shows alongside the acrobatics – Fakirs or Fake? So I thought I would catch up on how one should, or should not, present the nails, with some examples from other performers:

Now this guy has it right. Whole bodyweight on the nails, not too many nails (we might hope for a few less, to make sure it hurts!) – and hopefully he will allow one or two other people to stand on him. Contrast with this lady:

With all due respect to a fellow performer, she has about 1000 nails, so each one must feel about as painful as a fly landing on you, and she is resting some of her weight on her arms. At least she has her whole body length otherwise on nails. I think the guy behind is about to slice the melon… Others smash concrete blocks:

Not sure about the funny face mask, but the style of the performance is good. Notice the bottom guy takes the force of the nails against the blow on his upper back, and not directly through his stomach / lower back, which is rather dangerous. And I guess his legs, directly on the floor, are being used as a bit of a buffer too.

Some people indulge on beds of nails or thorns for religious reasons, seeking to do themselves a significant amount of actual harm:

Doesn’t look too happy, rolling on those thorns. Not our style. Actually, I’m not quite sure what is going on here – the guy in red seems to be trying to cast a spell or something, or drive out demons from the ‘performer’. Clearly a ritual of some kind.

However, with practice and appropriate tuition, we have learned to build stacks of guys with nail beds and glass, roll across nails and glass, and do the concrete-block and similar stuff. But, do not try this at home – seek professional advice and get good training. After that, you’ll find it is all rather fun: just as our acrobatics is.

‘I do what I love, and love what I do’

Take care. Don’t try anything silly.

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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3 Responses to Back on the Bed of Nails

  1. Ste says:

    lol you have no worries with me. I’ll leave all of this to you. Very interesting though!

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