Weird Vintage Untitled Document

Mortado, The Human Fountain was born in Berlin and first exhibited himself there in 1929.  He had holes bored through both his hands and feet, and, when seated in a specially constructed chair, copper tubes were fed through the wounds.   Water flowed through them at a high pressure, making Mortado a “human fountain”.  

When he was not performing, he plugged his wounds with corks to keep them from healing.  He occasionally also performed in biblical Crucifixion reenactments, placing small “blood bags” in his wounds for realism, which his assistant would puncture when he nailed him.  

He is pictured here at Coney Island’s Dreamland Circus in 1930 (Sources 1, 2)

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