GERMANY: The Showman

Ever since William Tell shot the apple off his son's head with a single well-aimed arrow, showmen the world over have made a risky living by pinning their partners' clothes to the wall with a motley collection of cutlery or by snapping off cigarettes, held aquiver in their partners' lips, with spears, rhino whips, bullets and blowgun darts.

One such sharpshooter is debonair Kurt Bader, 36, an ingenious German whose flair for showmanship unhappily surpasses his marksmanship. With his wife Hildegard, Kurt billed his show as "Aal Cherry & Mac Zero, the...

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