Orto the Aquarium Man

Orto's gimmick is that he would eat and drink things while submerged in a tank of water. According to Newsweek (June 30, 1947), "Here his barker tries to convince skeptics he is smoking a cigarette while submerged."

Sounds like quality entertainment!

EXPENSIVE SHOW — Cigarettes pass as money in most European countries these days. So when this street entertainer in Rome put on an underwater smoking act, he was really burning money. The "Aquarium Man" in the tank smokes a whole cigarette before the fascinated crowd. Later he ate and drank under water while the announcer harangued the crowd.
The Daily News (Huntingdon, Pennsylvania) - Jun 23, 1947
     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 04, 2014
     Category: Entertainment | 1940s

(slaps forehead) Oh! My Mother

Ah'ma don't'a know. This'a jus too bad to be'a true.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/04/14 at 11:23 AM
Now we have that David Blaine goofball doing the same thing and getting media exposure. Just one time I'd like to see him get something wrong and meet an ignoble end.
Posted by KDP on 06/04/14 at 03:04 PM
Well KDP, I do believe meeting an ignoble end is something that can't be done more than once by anyone. I guess the guy won't get lung cancer smoking that way.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/04/14 at 09:22 PM
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