Louis Vasseur’s Human Pillar Feat

Posted on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 by John Wood

Louis Vasseur was one of France’s greatest amateur weightlifters and set many records. Once he became a professional, the game changed and his feats needed to be just as entertaining as they were heavy. Here’s a look at an extremely rare item: a show bill for one of Vasseur’s performances from the early 20th century where he took the place of a pillar and supported on his head and shoulders a spinning merry-go-round, complete with a half dozen riders. That must have been a sight to see!
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