The Human Gyroscope from concept to reality

For many years, possibly decades, the concept of suspending inside of a gyroscope has been discussed within the suspension community.  Until just recently, the idea had been dismissed as being too difficult, dangerous or physically impossible.  Thankfully a group of visionaries came together at the 2014 Dallas Suscon to make this dream a reality.

So how did this monstrosity come to life?  Please click more to read the full story as told by the Jason LaJudice, the creator of this amazing apparatus. Read more

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Marlo Marquise

Marlo Marquise is a full-time performer and flesh hook suspension artist. Marlo began her journey into modeling in high school when friends offered her work doing art projects. It was mainly just an artistic hobby for her from highschool and into College. Having a bachelors degree in Fine Arts, she has been taught virtually every medium of art.
“I became very fascinated with the basic of raw art and thought to myself, what what is the most raw tool I can create art with… my body.”

Six years ago she decided to make a “model” profile on Model Mayhem and got instant responses. Her first shoot was a week later with a very old-school fetish photographer who had shot many covers for lifestyle specialty magazine such as DDI. Eventually she was shooting constantly and it became less of a hobby and more of a job. The rest is history!

Flash forward to present day: Marlo is a very sought after performance artist who specializes in Sideshow Burlesque, Fire, Flesh Hook Suspension as well as other various “freakshow” oddities.

I have followed Marlo’s work for quite some time and a few months ago I decided to shoot her a quick message online and see if she’d be interested in chatting a bit about her work, her lifestyle and her crazy shenanigans. She blew me away by being totally on board. So below is an assortment of questions and answers about her work with modeling, her personal journey through flesh hook suspension and a bit other personal information about her. I wanted to share this piece to promote this amazing lady and all her work. She’s a constant inspiration to me, and I know there are a lot of girls out there who are always looking for positive role models who showcase beauty, sophistication and class with a side of raw, unabashed self love. For me, Marlo is an icon who displays all the aspects of a hardworking, independent, driven woman who loves what she does and doesn’t let anyone tell her she can or cannot do it. She showcases her passion on a global stage and is part of the fight to push past social barriers standing in the way of more people doing what they love. Please enjoy the following and show this fantastic lady some support and love.

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Hook Interview: Mike Coons

Mike Coons

HOOKED Suspension Team

Omaha, NE

MECCA host

What got you into hook suspension?

I remember seeing pictures of suspensions in the mid 90’s as I was going through my piercing apprenticeship. I was immediately intrigued. However, being from Omaha, it wasn’t something I ever thought I’d be able to actually do myself and, like a lot of people, assumed there was no way I’d be able to get through it if I did. Fast forward to 2004 and that all changed. The shop I was working for at the time was doing a grand-opening party for a new location and after plans started to come together , I heard there was going to be someone there doing suspensions and I jumped all over the chance. So I suspended 4pt suicide with 8g Mustads. And just like I’ve seen happen time and time again, I was immediately sure that this was the most amazing thing that had ever happened to me. I remember walking back inside after coming down and just a blur of people congratulating me and friends/family standing there shaking their heads, and just feeling………, fuck, I don’t know how to say it to this day. Basically, “FUCK everything else, this is the most REAL thing I have ever done” One thing worth mentioning is, my brother Pat (my business partner in all things MECCA) was there for me the entire day. He was there keeping me calm before I took my hooks, walking me out to the stage, never leaving my side until he had to, but still right there for me to look at and right back at my side after coming down. I realized a lot that day and our relationship has never been stronger.

It was on that walk inside that I KNEW that I had to share this gift I’d been given was something that I had to share and tirelessly sought out education to become a practitioner. In 2004 this was not nearly as easy as it is today. After almost three years of searching I applied for and was approved for attendance to The Art of Human Suspension Seminar that was presented by Professional Piercing Information Systems (PPIS) and was taught by Allen Falkner, Erik Dakota and Jared Anderson. Upon completion of the 4 day course and attending the subsequent NorCal SusCon, I returned to Omaha and started the ball rolling on what would become HOOKED Suspension Team.

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Ice Water Suspension

Many of us have suspended in the cold before, and talk about how crazy it was to be suspending when the temperatures were almost freezing. We might even have seen a snow flake or two floating down around us! Well, get ready for that to seem like a warm day on the beach compared to the incredible ice water suspension that Mikael Saarnisto decided to take on with the help of Jussi Paradise in Finland. For many people, I would feel that this would be a somewhat risky idea that could potentially lead to some issues such as passing out, shock, and mild to moderate hypothermia. Mikael, however, has an interesting history working with both extreme suspensions and extreme cold that better prepared him for this than most people would have been.

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Body Suspension As Individual (R)evolution

This post was written submitted by Mike Perazzetti, and is reblogged from his website.

While on one level the entire continuum of experiencing body suspension immediately incorporates IndividualEvolution.org’s (IE) heart, head, and hand, the wholeness of it also profoundly and radically transcends individual evolution and becomes an individual revolution, as I like to call it. It incorporates IE’s scientific method of inquiry, reaches beyond its body, mind, and spirit, and grasps through centuries to an ancient universal personal quest. Such exploration can only happen with subsequent suspensions and their reflections. This is infinitely more about exploring spirituality, exploring zones of safety and personal comfort, and transforming personal space. It is also about eclipsing the logic of the mundane. It is about, what Baba Ram Dass aptly manifested not so long ago: being here now.

When I decide to actively approach a challenge, it isn’t analyzed as much as it is pondered as a spiritual challenge to enhance practice and even emotional fitness, rather than a physical one. This same mindset was tapped into when I decided to overcome my fear of public speaking and join a college speech team, when I decided to learn tango dancing, and even when I decided to pursue masters and doctorate degrees. That same font of spiritual power was consulted when I decided to body suspend several months ago and when I actually suspended a few weekends ago at Skindicate’s DisgraceGiving in Atlanta. I plan to access that spiritual energy often because it needs replenishment often to increase its ability to transcend the mundane obstacles that I am faced with daily.

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FIVE

Skindependent Suspension is a team that most people in the suspension community are familiar with. Their dedication to high standards and education and the beautiful suspension photos that come from their team have gained them quite a bit of international attention over the last few years. In celebration of their five year anniversary, the team has published their first book which is now available, appropriately titled FIVE. Between publishing a book, running a suspension team, body piercing, planning the first Australasian Suscon, family life, and a hundred other things that Eden Thomson somehow manages to juggle, he took a moment out to talk with me about his team, the book, and their upcoming 2015 suscon.

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Hook Interview: Priscilla Pincushion

Priscilla is a performance artist for Ritual Flesh Suspension Team, The Beggar’s Carnivale, The Randy Dandies, Grit Boy Productions (also a producer there), Hung Like a Martyr, Subversion, and many more. She is in love with the fun, cheeky art of human pincushion. Her typical performances include piercings, crowd participation, the bed of nails and other mayhem. She regularly hook suspends for performances. I’ve always loved her work, and recently I got a chance to chat with her about her work with suspension specifically. She had the following to say:

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The Adventures of Jared Anderson

Tell me about your journey into hook suspension in general; why you got into it, and how long have you been in the industry personally and professionally. 

I became fascinated with suspension, as cliché as it sounds, from the Discovery Channel. It was 1992 and I was around the age of twelve. I can’t recall the specific title for the show, but what I saw were people bearing Kavadi, marching through the streets with hooks in their back as they lunged forward only to be pulled back equally as hard by a group following… as well as a couple suspended from poles being carried through the procession. That was the first time I felt what could be described as desire. Not long after I was able to find a copy of Modern Primitives (at the Clark County Library in Las Vegas). I read the book till the glued in binding split in multiple areas. About 4 years later I was able to get into a horrible apprenticeship for piercing. I spent the next 5 years repairing all the improper training I was given while still in search of someone to grant me my first suspension. It was not as easy to find people back then. It wasn’t until late 2000 that I was able to get in contact with someone near me, Brandon Bond. I suspended in a superman position for my 21st b-day in a now defunct dungeon in Las Vegas. 10 hooks thrown one at a time. The flight time was around 3 hours. And to be honest, I was quite disappointed. I did not get any visions, no euphoria, not a damn thing I had read about from others experiences. But it did give me something, and I have still not been able to explain it in words. It’s been 18 years since that I have worked on and off as a piercer now and nearly 14 years since my first suspension.

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Dallas Suscon 2014

Most people in the suspension community may have heard of, or in many cases attended, the Dallas Suscon. If you haven’t, you are certainly missing out on one of the year’s best suspension events. The Dallas Suspension Practitioners Convention brings together suspension teams and practitioners of all experience levels to exchange information through classes, workshops, and roundtable discussions and to gain hands-on experience working alongside one another. As usual the Dallas Suscon will be held Easter weekend, April 18-20, and registration is currently open for teams and individuals interested in furthering their education.

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Hook Interview: Tiana Marie

Everyone hook suspends for their own reasons. Some people suspend because it’s bad ass, others because of spirituality and some just for the fun of it. Whatever the reason, I personally always get chills watching videos and looking at photos of suspendees. Energy from hook suspension is pure, loud and beautiful. I came across the photos of Tiana suspending earlier in 2013 and I loved what she had to say about her experience and I loved the energy that came from her photos. I instantly wanted to chat with her about her experiences. So I sent her a message and here’s a bit of what she had to say:

What got you into hook suspension?

I knew what suspension was growing up by what TV shows on National Geographic showed me. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I spent a lot of time on IAM/BME where I was exposed to a completely different world. I read so many experiences and ogled at photos and videos on the site. I knew I had to try it. There were no doubts in my mind, I knew it would be exactly what I needed.

In 2008 I was able to suspend for the first time when my friend Evan (who I met through BME) let me know there would be private suspension sign ups with CoRE. I did a 4 point suicide and had two of my friends come with me for support. I fell in love instantly. I stayed up for about an hour and didn’t even realize it. Time had just flown by and it didn’t even matter. I had such a positive first time that I’ll never forget. Then of course when I came down, I already wanted to go back up.

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