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mk
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Can anyone point me in the direction to learn how do do some strong man stunts - bending a 10 penny nail, tearing a phone book, etc?
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http://www.buffo.com

Buffo is the Worlds Strongest Clown and a class act if I ever saw one. He does a combination Strongman act/Clown act/Sideshow/Magician act. He is EXCELLENT with kids and taught me a lot about stage presence. I can't say anything more than nice things about the guy. I don't know how well he will give out method to strangers, but it's worth a try for contact. Tell him Nipps sent ya!

Luck!
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Hey Harley,

Did you ever remember the name of that Strong Man group that you had mentioned awhile back?

Cheers,
-Matt (TK)
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I had it bookmarked, and my hard drive got eaten. As best as I can remember, it was the Old Tyme Strongman's Assn. Something like that.

I found it when I was tracing The Mighty Atom. There's a bio of him out, which is well worth the effort to find. The man held back an airplane with his hair! Who needs to say more?
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Hey Michael (MK)...did you ever get ahold of David? (The Miracle Man)?
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http://www.wlinfo.com/AOBS.htm

This is a link that will give you a bit of info on the strongman assoc.
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http://www.atomicathletic.com/store/

This is other place that might be to your liking.
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Any idea what the Mighty Atom's bio is titled? This past weekend a friend showed me an article in one of those bathroom readers about Atom. It was a short piece, but a hell of a story. I'd love to read the whole thing. The book said that Universal Pictures bought the story for a film but no other info was given.
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The Mighty Atom: The Life and Times of Joseph L. Greenstein. Biography of a Superhuman by Ed Spielman. 1979 Viking Press
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Atom used to hang out a lot, not far from where I live. I know quite a few folks who remember watching him work. He was quite a character.
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After I posted I googled him. There's lots of stuff on the web, though his biography goes for a pretty penny. It's now a quest to find that book at a reasonable price.
On a related note, the strongman booklet that Harley linked to was interesting. I have an old booklet titled Sideshow Tricks Explained. Looks like it might be from the 1940's or 50's. The explanations are ludicris for most of the acts. Has anyone tried any of the acts from the linked strongman booklet. Specefically the one where the performer places a board across his lap and supports a group of audience members.
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That one's pretty easy. The working problem is how to keep everything stable.
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We tried in for a show in July. What we learned in that you need either very hard wood, very thick wood, or a very short board--ours was about 4' long, I think, and we cut it from the show 'cuz it was in danger or breaking.

We did have success, tho, with driving a nail thru the board by hand.
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At the SSG, AyeJay did it beautifully with James Taylor as the anchor...Don't you ever miss it again!
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Harley... Great link... I have been trying to get the deck tear down, and this one got me to instantly get from half a deck to 3/4 just by changing my hand position... The rest is going to be a bit more practice...
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Lets not forget Mighty Jack...... I met him at the first SSG....The nicest and strongest man I have ever met....
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ARGH! That was the only Gathering that I did NOT attend thus far. I would have loved to have met him.
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