The mainstream sideshow is here and it is head turning.
The small, but enthusiastic crowd at the V Lounge Sunday night was treated to a show filled with shock and awe preformed by Edmonton’s Ryan Stock and his fiancée AmberLynn Walker.
The show combined elements of original sideshow acts, new stunts created by Stock, and comedic bridges all of which brought laughs, cheers or eye covering for the more squeamish members of the crowd.
Stock started things off with some simple stunts to get the crowd warmed up, but the show quickly picked up to some of Stock’s signature stunts including the amazing act of inserting a world record four-and-a-half-inch drill bit into his nose and his signature stunt, the human meathead, where Stock inserts a meat hook into his nose and out his mouth.
Stock then demonstrated his skill in swallowing swords and this lead to something that it is believed he is the only person in the world doing, swallowing a curved sword and rotating it 180 degrees. The crowd collectively held their breath when the sword swung around and when they were able to breathe again it was in full on cheering.
The crowd really got into the show when Stock started hanging cowbells from his eyes and nose. Every time he added another cowbell, the crowd was yelling “more cowbell!” and he happily obliged. AmberLynn got involved and showed off her awesome, self trained contortion abilities, also getting loud cheering from the fans.
For the last two stunts he took danger to a new level by balancing a chainsaw with his teeth and by doing his rendition of “The Knife Game Song” originally by Rusty Cage. This stunt brought loud cheering and clapping from everyone in the crowd.
After the show was over, Stock and Walker turned themselves into human bulletin boards, allowing fans buying merchandise to staple money to their bodies as payment. They also made themselves available to talk with fans and sign autographs. Almost everyone used this opportunity to show their appreciation of the amazing show.
Review and photos by Eric Clark