Reign of Pain

Perhaps you saw him push 10-inch skewers through his arms on TV—Stan Lee’s Superhumans, Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Maybe you witnessed his light bulb-chewing bit when he headlined an off-Strip hotel in town. Possibly you observed a bunch of fat guys from an audience stand on him resting atop a nail bed when you visited Knott’s Berry Farm last Halloween.

Even if you have, you’ll want to be up close and personal when the Man Who Feels No Pain, a.k.a. Zamora the Torture King, pierces your mind and grips your heart with his faint-inducing sideshow routine this week at The Onyx Theatre.

A Vegas resident for many years and co-author of the alt-travel guide Weird Las Vegas and Nevada, Zamora is here to be filmed as part of a British documentary. He’s fresh off (and freshly abused from) a summer tour of Europe, where he caused people in the audience to gasp and, on one occasion, puke. “The guy drank too much beer,” Zamora says via Skype. In any case, his full-length act should sober you up right quick. He’ll be joined by contortionist Stephanie Castellone.

The Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave. Suite 16B (in Commercial Center) 8 p.m. July 14, $10, 732-7225,

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