What is a contortionist??

I know what they are but, what exactly do they do? How do they get trained? What do you need in order to get trained?

How can they swallow fire??

That always caught my attention.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    they bend in different ways.....they're trained by doing gymnastics at a very young age, some have it, some don't though......if you don't have the pliability, you can't do it, it's that simple, they don't all eat fire!

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  • 1 decade ago

    A contortionist does not neccesarily swallow fire. Most of these people are what they are because of some sort of birth defect they are born with. It may be double joints, missing bones, things like that. Others that are trained in a circus setting are trained from when they are young so their muscles adapt from the beginning. It is very very difficult for someone else to just become a contortionist.

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