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"Jimmy Rapp, motorcycle gang member from Lexington, KY worked for Ward Hall's Worlds of Wonder Show in the early 1970's as a backyard boy and all-around helper with the show. His real name was James Hilpel (or Hilple), but while traveling with the motorcycle gang, he adopted the nickname "Jimmy Rap", and later changed it to "Jimmy Rapp". At that time Francis Doran was the sword swallower with the Worlds of Wonder show, and Rapp became interested in his flashy swords. One day, Doran agreed to let Rapp try swallowing a sword after properly disinfecting it.
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