From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: REAL Human Dynamo
Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 07:17:31 GMT
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> When I was a kid in Pittsburgh in the mid-60s, I saw a promotional
> tent act called "The Human Dynamo."
> This was a guy who sat on a transformer or some sort of generator and
> performed various electrical stunts, such as lighting florescent
> lights with his bare hands, creating huge sparks off apparatus on his
> head etc. I guess he was a sort of human Tesla coil.
> For a novel I'm writing, I would love to hear any recollections of
> this guy if anyone else has seen him. How did he do his "tricks" and
> did he do anything else other than light lights and make sparks?
I saw him on TV and in person in the 1950s. He did scientific
demostrations for the Moody Bible Institute, believe it or not. It was
all on the level. No slight of hand. Just spectacular science. Actually,
he stood on the Tesla coil in his bare feet. This was necessary to avoid
very painful RF burns. In one demonstration, he held a board with a
handle carved in one end. The handle was covered with aluminum foil to
avoid burns but the board itself caught fire.
He did other demonstrations such a chemical sources of light (which were
not usual then) and many more I can't remember. Granted he was a good
showman but I was fascinated by what I saw and actually read about some
of the science he demonstrated.
BTW, the reason he was not injured by the high voltage was because of,
sorry but this is absolute truth, skin effect.
I haven't looked but I suppose the Moody Bible Institute may be on the
web and might well mention traveling demonstrations they had in the
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons firstname.lastname@example.org