I just learned of the death of Melvin Burkhart, The Human Blockhead, at age 94 in Florida.
Mr. Burkhart was given that name in a Ripley's Believe or Not column, which described his sideshow act which featured him hammering huge nails up his nose.
I saw Mr. Burkhart only a few months ago, at the wedding of Todd and Krista Robbins in New York, where he performed many of the sideshow pieces that garnered him fame in over 50 years of performing. His version of the "Color Changing Knives" was a miracle to behold, and it is expected that it will appear in a forthcoming issue of Genii magazine. Mr. Burkhart was the inspiration for Todd Robbins, who is featured in the Stevens Magic Emporium's video of Sideshow Stunts.
Melvin Burkhart's death was reported on the White Rabbit Linking Page, www.linkingpage.com.
[ November 13, 2001: Message edited by: Matthew Field ]