I started thinking about contortionists again when I happened upon a feature on them in an old issue of Life. In my novel Spondulix I had a character who was an "enter-ologist," a great term I found in Ricky Jay's wonderful history of sideshows and freaks, Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women. Enter-ologists get into impossible places, rather than escape from impossible places.

In any case, a short search of the web turned up lots of online contortionist info, including the Contortion Home Page, which is where I found this pic of April Tatro. That's her in the video below as well.

     Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 12, 2008
     Category: Body Modifications | Entertainment | Human Marvels | Literature | Books | Science Fiction | Performance Art

Big Gary--good taste again! I assumed LPAFW was OOP and sought-after when I saw the high Amazon price!
Posted by Paul on 09/12/08 at 11:38 AM
If you don't mind a used paperback copy, they're much cheaper on
Posted by BikerPuppy on 09/12/08 at 12:26 PM
BikerPuppy--excellent idea!
Posted by Paul on 09/12/08 at 01:03 PM
Avmayes--we aim to satisfy every possible human craving!
Posted by Paul on 09/12/08 at 01:03 PM
Manda--yoga: not so unusual. Yoga plus cake-baking: unusual!
Posted by Paul on 09/13/08 at 12:21 PM
I think I've lived my life as an amateur enter-ologist, without even knowing it...
I can get into weird places extremley easily... Even if it involves weird positioning....
Posted by Lucy Boomcrackle in Tennessee on 09/16/08 at 09:23 PM
Lucy--I remember as a kid squeezing under a kitchen cupboard. That's a sensation most adults can't reclaim.....
Posted by Paul on 09/17/08 at 10:18 AM
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