Bed of Nails/Nail Board

A board the surface of which is covered by hundreds of nails, points up, on which the performer lies down to show he or she is immune to pain. Frequently, the performer (often called a “torture king,” “fakir,” “pain proof man,” etc.) will have audience members stand on him or have a concrete block broken on his chest with a sledge hammer while lying on the bed of spikes. See FAKIR.

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