Albert Cadabra Human Blockhead at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square

Albert Cadabra Human Blockhead at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square

Albert Cadabra Human Blockhead was at his best doing his sideshow performance in front of  Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square.  He gathered the crowd and warned the squeemish that he was about to hammer a nail into his nose and then remove.


The Great Deceiver! A master of illusion and charm, Albert Cadabra is an award-winning comedy sideshow magician who conjures astonishing and devilishly wild magic. Pushing and twisting the boundaries of the art of magic, Albert is internationally known for his unique performances; you can see him eating a dinner of razor blades and washing them down by swallowing a 3 foot long balloon whole, hammering 6 inch spikes into his face, electrocuting himself with 2,000 volts of electricity and transforming his assistant into a gorilla. He is capable of vanishing people and animals at will, and is an expert at escaping from chains, shackles, locked crates and straight jackets, even while strung 40 feet in the air by his ankles, only held safe by a flimsy bit of rope. All this and more, Albert delivers with unmatchable style, class and his inviting sense of humor.

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Most human blockhead performers have a preference for which nostril they use, either because that nostril already has a naturally lessened sensitivity to sneezing, or because they trained that nostril to be less sensitive. Mastering complete sneeze suppression is a very difficult task, and even though some blockhead performers condition and practice for many years, occasionally it may just not be possible to hold that sneeze back. Here lies the real danger of the human blockhead.

Sneezing while performing blockhead could cause the inserted object to enter into the skull base, perforate the septum, or head into a sinus. Since a sneeze begins with a sharp inhalation of air, the object could potentially be pulled in deeper, piercing the back of the throat or causing damage to the soft tissue lining. The actual sudden expulsion of air and whipping of the head at the culmination of sneezing could cause the object to tear through various nasal structures as it is suddenly and erratically launched out of the nose. In addition to sneezing, performers also must always ensure their inserted objects are clean, to avoid any potential sinus or throat infection.

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