by David on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012. Entertainer
With eyeballs gouged shut with borrowed coins, and eyelids sealed with industrial strengh glued duct tape that goes the entire way around his head, David manages to recreate some of history’s most talked about feats of the unexplained.
The finale to last weeks ‘Make Believe’ on BBC One might just be the most talked about thing I’ve ever done. It was painful, nerve wracking, and challenging – but over and above this probably one of the most adrenaline charged things I’ve ever done on television.
Remember Make Believe is on TONIGHT and Every Wednesday, 10.35pm, BBC One.
Having received 30-40 emails every day since through www.davidmeade.co.uk I thought the quickest way to share more info on the astonishing Kuda Bux was to write something here about the facts and legend that surronds him and his work.
JREF record that Bux, 1905-1981 was A Kashmiri mystery man with an iconic eastern appearance, and was known as “The Man with the X-Ray Eyes.” He earned this title by means of his sightless vision act. While such an act is and was commonly done by many others, Bux had a version which involved large wads of cotton placed over bread dough that filled his eye sockets and the whole thing was then bound in place with multiple layers of bandages until his head appeared to be a huge ball of cloth. He would then drive a car, duplicate handwriting or drawings, and even fire a rifle at targets indicated by a volunteer. Once, he bicycled on New York’s Broadway while blindfolded, a dangerous feat even when fully sighted.
Kuda Bux first attracted international attention in 1935 by performing one of the most famous fakir stunts, walking on burning embers. He did a carefully observed firewalk in England and subsequently duplicated the performance in the United States outside Radio City Music Hall. It was a stunt that he was familiar with from his early days in India and Pakistan, since it was frequently executed as part of religious ceremonies in that continent.
The Bux act and legend caused a sensation at the time, with journalists and researchers all keen to jump on the bandwagon to better understand his work. Reproduced below is and example of an article from the era that captures well the excitement and intrigue that Kuda’s performances garnered. Also below is a very low quality video of some of his feats. Enjoy!