Hadji Ali (c. 1888–92 – 1937) was a vaudeville performance artist
famous for acts of controlled regurgitation. Thought to be of Egyptian
extraction, his best-known feats included water spouting, smoke
swallowing and nut and handkerchief swallowing followed by disgorgement
in an order chosen by the audience. The mainstay of Ali's act was "water
spouting". After swallowing large amounts of water, 60 to 100 glasses at
a time, he spouted it in a continuous stream for a sustained period of
time, sometimes approaching one minute. Ali's most famous stunt, and the
highlight of his act, was drinking copious amounts of water followed by
kerosene, and then acting by turns as a human flamethrower and fire
extinguisher as he expelled the two liquids onto a theatrical prop. Ali
had a dedicated following on the vaudeville circuit in the United States
and performed for heads of state including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.
Ali's unusual gastric abilities led to rumors that the Rockefeller
Institute had offered a large sum of money to obtain his stomach post-
mortem. After he died in England his body was offered to Johns Hopkins
for study, though the offer was declined.
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