About 15 years ago, I heard of a man named, Dennis Rogers. He was billed as the pound for pound strongest man on the earth. He could bend steel bars, tear decks of cards, and drive nails thru boards with his hands… (among other things). I immediately became enamored with everything I could find and learn regarding “Olde Time Vaudeville Strongmen”.
Through some very fortunate circumstances, I came to meet and become friends with Dennis and another great strongman, Pat Poviliatis. Meeting them changed my life and I spent years, practicing bending spikes, horseshoes, tearing decks of cards, and phonebooks.
I hit my stride in 2009 when I was performing at many events… One event got captured on film. I did a halftime show for a local roller derby.
Shoki Strong Man Show
Anyway, that was my rare skill that I just could not get enough of for a long time. I still, from time to time, bend spikes or twist horseshoes, but my love for performance seemed to have left me at some point over the last 10 years.