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Hi everyone

I just wanted to share a little story which happened to me in China recently. I was performing alongside Li Jian Hua, the man with the worlds strongest ear. If you don't know of him take a look round Google, the guy is incredible. Apart from performing many classic fakir/martial arts stunts, such as bending spears with his throat. He is famous (at least in China) for having the worlds strongest ear. In his show he takes a large metal clamp, which he very firmly clamps onto his ear, he then lifts a child out of the audience, using a harness hanging from the clamp, he then attaches a chain leading to a van to it, and pulls the van along. When I say van, I don't mean small, I mean big. A full sized, wide bodied transit. It is incredible to watch.

Anyway, on the last day of shows he attaches the chain as normal, and starts to pull. Nothing happens, he pulls and he heaves so much it looked like his head would pop. The van is immovable, I am getting afraid that he is going to rip his ear straight off. Soon the grip under his feet just isn't enough, he is pulling like crazy, and instead of the truck moving his feet are sliding. He gives it one more go, pulling like a madman, and the truck finally moves, about 12 inches later he stops and points at the truck shouting that something needs to be done. I didn't need to speak the language to figure out the problem. Someone has left the handbrake on! He actually got the thing moving with the handbrake on. Unreal.

After the brake came off he starts pulling again, this time it looks easy, the truck happily rolling along behind him.

And here I am pleased cos I have managed to lift 10kg from my ear piercings!

There are a few pictures of him at: http://www.thefreakshow.co.uk/china/china.htm

A direct link to a photo of him, with me, his wife and the van: http://www.thefreakshow.co.uk/china/DSCF5249.JPG

It was my honour and privilege to work alongside such a man.

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Amazing!

I can't recall his name...there's a Indian fakir in Finland who does fairly extreme ear things also.

I saw him do earclamps, attach a swing, and have a girl (not a small one) sit on the swing, and swing.
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He is in the Guinness book, right under my entry. I have never spoken with him, but his stunts speak for themselves. I had a similar experience last year at a hot rod show. I had this awesome chopped pick up truck picked out. They set it up on the midway, I hooked up to it and tried to pull. Pulling and pulling, no movement at all! Turned out that the drum brakes were rusted onto the shoes, so I had to go with another car. I think it was a Plymouth something-or-other. I towed it and then it started to pull to the right. I told the owner of the car that he needed an alignment. Folks came up to me afterwards and said I should do automotive diagnostics by pulling peoples cars. As far as swinging kids, I think that would emotionally scar them for the rest of their lives so I stick to picking up little people.

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As far as swinging kids, I think that would emotionally scar them for the rest of their lives so I stick to picking up little people.

TGN

You know, there are many comments that I could make about this last statement, but none of them would befit an upcoming guest of honor.

This guy from China has strong a strong ear, but it's nothing compared to what I do. Everyday I talk to Michael Chaut on the phone. Sometimes I speak to him several times a day! That should qualify me for some sort of endurance record.
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And do you favor one ear over the other? Or do you atttempt to keep your head upright?
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Todd, I thank you for your extraordinary use of self control and restraint. Besides, I am befitting of any kindly well put puns at my expense.

TGN

You know, I've been thinking about Li Jian Hua... I believe the whole "emergency brake was on" stunt to be staged. Staged, not gaffed mind you. As a way to prove how strong he is, it would be possible to stage the attempt with the brake on, then act all "Ooo! The brake was on and he STILL pulled it!!". Of course I have no idea how they do things in China anyway.

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Hi Nippulini

I have just come in from a gig (its 4.30 am Smile ) So I won't give you a full answer right now. However I can say for 100% sure that wasn't the case. I will give you proper reasons when I have had some sleep. yaaaaawnnnnn

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Heh heh, no prob David. I checked out the photos on your site, looks like it was a most excellent venture. If you don't mind me asking, how exactly did you get hooked up with this gig? (pardon the pun) Anyway, I hope you get some well deserved sleep and I'll hear from you once you are rested.

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Hi Nippulini

As promised here are my reasons why I don't believe the handbrake thing was set up.

1) Most importantly, it just isn't the way the Chinese do things. A least not from what I saw. There is a certain directness & honesty that is part of the Chinese way of thinking. Again, this is just my experience of the people I met in one area of China. But certainly Li Jian Hua seems to behave in this way.

2) This happened at an largly unadvertised additional show which was added to the program with 24hrs notice, we all negotiated extra wages at last minute for it. It was in a poor location (compared to where the main shows were), there was a fraction of the audience, very little press, and no TV. Had this been planned it would definatly have happened sooner, and at one of the main shows where there was often regional, and even national press and TV on hand.

As for how, I have worked UK shows for the company that won the contract to provide the performers to China. So when the contract came up I was on the list.

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