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Duke

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two questions:
  1. wonder if David Blaine uses some kind of temporary pain killer when he lets someone push a needle through his cheek?
  2. ten-penny nail in nose might benefit from a temporary spray to reduce discomfort?

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No, you just do it.
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It helps if the needle is sharp and the nail isn't.
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I've never done either, and know little about the human blockhead.

However, my grandfather did the needle through cheeks stunt. He'd use a standard needle, which was threaded. The needle would pass through both cheeks, then the thread would be pulled back and forth.

Done properly, there is no (or very little) pain, and no blood at all. Mostly, it is a state of mind, and relaxation. Once or twice, he lost his concentration - and that's when the needle got stuck. Losing concentration causes the muscles to contract and grip the needle. When this happened, my aunt had to pull the needle out with a pair of pliers.

My grandfather also did another stunt - holding his thumb over a flame for what seemed like minutes at a time. There was no magic secret to this, he actually did it. He did this one so often, that eventually his thumb went discoloured - a dark brown to black, and stayed that way..

He was an amateur magician, but did these two stunts as well - he would call these "mind over matter".

There is also a stunt where a needle is pushed through the back of the hand, and out the palm. Someone on another site I'm a member of, posted a video of him doing this one some time ago.



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Edited in -

I have added in "what seemed like" minutes at a time. I had originally wrote "for minutes at a time".
My grandfather passed when I was fourteen years old. And it dawned on me that what seemed like minutes at a time, probably wasn't literally "minutes". But it was certainly longer than what should be possible.


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Originally Posted by EVILDAN
No, you just do it.


What I was just going to say,


no, you learn to control your body, no "medication" required

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Man, I love that these types of effects exist, but I dont think I could ever bring myself to practice them haha
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