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4 point suicide suspension

A quick background about myself: At 5’8” and almost 300lbs, I had never seen or heard of people my size being suspended. I kept making excuses not to do it. I need to lose weight, I don’t have the money, I don’t know if I’m ready, etc, etc. I have various piercings and have performed a chest hook pull twice prior. This passed weekend I had the opportunity and I took it. I was suspended in a 4 point suicide suspension using four  8g hooks. I wrote this the day after the experience while it was still fresh in my ... read more

First Suspension: Knees

Ever since I saw someone suspend (don't remember where) I was instantly in love and without a second thought "I want to do that!" came to mind. After exhausting the internet of videos and pictures of people being hung from hooks I came across the State of Bliss Suspension Team, one of the only teams in England and I'd say the best (or at least had the best reputation and advertisement - later explained to me that they were the ones most confident in their ability). I liked their Facebook page and forgot about it for a few weeks. One ... read more

four-point suicide swing

My suspension was rather surprising in its timing. Two close friends of mine; John Wayne and Alice, are founders of the performance group Freak Factor and very wonderful, inspiring people. Last year I participated in a flesh pulling in one of their shows, and having quite enjoyed it; I decided to try a full body suspension the next time that the opportunity arose. This only happened rather abruptly when they discovered that they were moving quite soon, and would not be able to suspend me privately. Luckily they had been in the midst of planning a show where Alice was ... read more

Crucifix Suspension at ROPBBQ 2011

This account was written back in August when my memory was still fresh. It is just now occurring to me however that it would be a good story to publish to the gallery, so here it is: I want to tell you guys about the amazing experience i had! A week and a half ago i packed up my little car with camping gear and drove down to Pittsfield MA for the Rights of Passage BBQ. I met a bunch of interesting people down there, saw some crazy feats (a pull and a spinning bar suspension both of which totally ... read more

Suspension - An Outsider's View

Taken from my writer's blog http://madeleineswann.wordpress.com/ I never thought I'd sit happily while my friend was hung up by hooks, but that’s what happened. I was living in Bournemouth at the time, though I still have no idea how I ended up there. I spent the summer of 2005 sitting on Bournemouth beach watching the locals fry themselves like bacon. It was supernaturally hot. It was on one of these days that my friend Matty mentioned he was going to a suspension party. Matty towered above me, had a long beard and the biggest blonde dreadlocks I’d ever seen. He ... read more

First suspension - 4 point Suicide

At a very young age I saw suspension for the first time. I was watching "Ripley's Believe it or Not" on TV with my parents, and I was fascinated by the "strange" looking men dangling from hooks in their flesh. My mother was absolutely horrified by it and had no interest in giving me an explanation as to why people chose to do it. I eventually forgot about it until years later. When I was about 12 years old my parents bought a computer, and I had access to whatever I wanted on the Internet. My aunt had just become ... read more

Paradise Trails

Yesterday was amazing. I'm fairly sure this was my most emotional suspension so far. Lots of me almost crying. I suspended for Zane Whitmore's movie Feet Off the Ground and it was most definitely worth the 23 hour day I had. I woke up at 4.42am and was out of the house by 5.30. Headed over to Zane's and hit traffic so I didn't get there until 9am. We all hit the road at about 10. After some great breakfast in Puyallup we headed to Mt. Rainier, about an hour and a half drive. We drove up to the Paradise ... read more

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