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An elephant from Earl’s Court circus with a man in its mouth. Photograph: Fox Photos/Getty Images
A man stuck in an elephant’s mouth, an upside-down surfer, and a car parked on a stuntman’s stomach … meet the daredevils who stretched the limits of human endurance with these mind-boggling acts.
Stuntman Mr Brooks water-surfing upside down at Lake Tahoe, California, in September 1925. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
The aerial acrobat Schindler, notorious for his death-defying stunts, emerges from a Klemp plane piloted by Richard Perlia in 1927.
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