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One particular venue is struggling to make ends meet - new blood is needed and it's finally found when Dr Haze rolls into town with his Vampire Vaudeville show, featuring hair-hanging beauties, twisted contortionists, flying aerialists, demon dwarfs, gyrating jugglers, voodoo warriors, pickled people, sword swallowers and its latest and greatest newfound star The Ventriloquist.
"I have always been flexible and I'm a bit of a contortionist," she says.
Even so, to achieve their twisty poses, contortionists must exercise and stretch every day to maintain their flexibility.
Getting into the rear is not a contortionist's challenge: not only does the rear door open 84[degrees], but the seats are designed so that they fold and tumble with a simplicity that even a child can do it from the point of view of strength and even an adult can do it from the point of view of complexity.
Senator Rick Santorum (Republican, Pennsylvania), as a follow up to his Magoo-like contention that he couldn't find any right to privacy in the Constitution, recently indulged in more contortionist thinking in his effort to bring the esoterica of Catholic theology into U.S.
And perhaps from yoga, or more likely from an innate lack of ligaments, he has acquired the flexibility of a contortionist. All this makes Elam a unique mover and contributes to the originality of his choreography.
No longer the contortionist of my youth, I struggled with maintaining balance in and out of the bathtub.
"The study findings are consistent with the idea that higher taxes can reduce STD rates," Harrell Chesson, a health economist and linguistic contortionist with the CDC, told the Post.
The contortionist brought the audience to its feet, but we weren't watching.
In an act best suited for the contortionist's tent at a carnival, John McLaughlin transformed himself into a champion of despised minorities.