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Suspensions. It isn't an illusion.

A long time ago I saw an American illusionist (Criss Angel) hanging on hooks for nearly 6 hours. I thought this was an illusion. 16 month ago I watched at a joke forum of a roller coaster site and I saw a photo someone hanging crucified on hooks with a big smile on his face. I questioned, "What is happening? Pain and smiling." So I started looking on Internet for answers. I got fascinated and I started to experiment with play piercings. (I had no piercing experience at all.) Finally I decided to prepare a suicide suspension. I have a ... read more

Never too old

I first got interested in "Suspension" about a year ago when I visited " The Piercing Urge " (Melbourne, Australia) site and came across "The Hangedman Team". I was fascinated and had to find out more so I contacted Pete of "The Hangedman Team" and asked various questions which he answered informatively , even then little did I realize that I was slowly being drawn into something I had not known existed. Move forward to April 2007 and I attended my first "Suspension "as a spectator , yes I was slowly being drawn in further knowing deep down I would ... read more

Knee Suspension - Eminem Style

I am handed the rope. I am asked, "Are you ready?". I nod my head. I hear from the distance, "Okay...all you". Really, it was all me. A friend had given me the following piece of wisdom before I lay down on the ground, "Remember, you're the only one in the world right now". I turned on my Mp3 player and lost myself in the music; "I never would've dreamed in a million years I'd see, So many motherfuckin people who feel like me, who share the same views And the same exact beliefs, it's like a fuckin army marchin ... read more

Autobiography of a Cutter

The Birth of a Cutter: I'm sure many, upon hearing the word 'self-injury', would simply frown in disgust. After all, it's considered to pretty much be a 'dirty little secret' done by angst-filled teenagers and mental ward patients. I use to be one of those people who wouldn't dare think of picking up a razor, knife, or glass with the intent of self-harm. In fact, I use to be one of those people who considered it mostly a way of attracting attention or just plain stupidity. Looking back on those years, I can only laugh at how much I've changed. ... read more

"Ok Fine, but you guys better do it in the backyard so I know you're safe."

HI! My name is Gracie and I participated in my first pulling a few months back and it was amazing. I did two hooks from my back because I really didn't know what to expect. All my friends that had done a pulling or suspensions before me told me that it was really cool and awesome. I had been looking into pulling and suspending since I was thirteen years old, and I found some beautiful suspensions. Age restriction had always been a reason for not doing what I want to do , but this time I could not find a ... read more

My first suspension

On the afternoon of Saturday 30th June 2007, I did my first suspension – a 4-point suicide suspension, performed by Constant Elevation. I lay on the table as they cleaned and marked my back, thinking to myself, if I can do this, I can do anything. Simon (Captain Howdy) and Ben inserted the hooks two at a time. They were painful, but swift and bearable, and left me with a big smile on my face. I stood, and Ben pulled the rope taut. My feet were flat on the floor and the hooks were pulling my flesh from my back. ... read more

In a coma

I wanted to suspend coma style for a long time, but it freaked me out a bit, especially the chest hooks. Chest has always seemed like something very hard to do. I did find out, during my suspension, that the chest hooks were the least of my worries. I contacted Tye about suspension and we planned on having 4 people go up that day. Nobody made it, just me. We checked out Chris's location and decided it was good for suspension, which made me happy to have a location. We had a ladder and all of the equipment we needed. ... read more

My First Suspension- Can I Have a Do-Over?

The picture was half covered, and all I could see was the man's face. The portion of the photograph that I could see made me feel serene and happy. His face was so calm and peaceful, I couldn't figure out what he was doing to make him feel like that. When IAM member Beachnut revealed the rest of the picture I was stunned. The man was hanging by the skin of his back! The shock was very brief, and was replaced with the oddest feeling that it actually made sense. That was over three years ago. He had shown me ... read more


My name is Alexandre Montealto, mostly known as Peco. I`m a 28 year old >> Brazilian. I was introduced to Kavadi while reading a Fakir Musafar book years ago. At first, I was fascinated by its visual aspect, which led me to research the meaning behind it. One day, through IAM, the community behind BMEzine, I met Korn, a Dutch ritual-performer who had built his own Kavadi frame in 1992. He became a good friend. We corresponded for a long time. When Korn came to Brazil, he helped me in my first ritual (an 8-point lotus suspension) being my Ka-See-Ka. ... read more

Vertical Back Suspension

Vertical Back Suspension/Suicide Suspension Als studente fotograaf werd ik voor de eerste keer geconfronteerd met suspensions door het Lifestyle Suspension Team van de gelijknamige piercingstudio in Maastricht. Zij besloten op 29 januari een gesloten suspension party te houden en ik werd door de uitbaatster, Sandra, gevraagd om foto's te komen nemen van het gebeuren. Natuurlijk kende ik die ophangingen al via BME en TV-shows, maar had ze nog nooit live meegemaakt. Ik wist niet wat te verwachten en was dus aangenaam verrast door de grote opkomst van inschrijvingen en meegenomen toeschouwers. Nadat de suspensions afgelopen waren had ik direct al ... read more

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