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His act comes with a twist

Northampton contortionist says practice involves hard, sometimes painful work, not magical shortcuts

Binghamton University graduate Chris Oakley, 23, gradually meandered from yoga, to self-taught stretches, to full-blown contortionism. Binghamton University graduate Chris Oakley, 23, gradually meandered from yoga, to self-taught stretches, to full-blown contortionism. (Patricia McDonnell/For the Boston Globe)
By Cindy Atoji Keene
Globe Correspondent / August 24, 2008

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Back in the days when the circus freak show came to town, among the snake charmers and nail eaters, chances are there was a contortionist in the big tent - a human pretzel twisting himself into unimaginable bends and turns. There were always rumors, as well, the contortionist applied strange magic potions or snake oils to become oddly limber and ... (Full article: 860 words)

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