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Volume 77, Number 5 | July 4 - 10, 2007


Villager photo by Lorcan Otway

Eduardo Arrocha, who lives in the East Village, is Eak the Geek in the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. He’s also known as the Painproof Man — in his act, three audience members stand on his chest while he lies sandwiched between two beds of nails — and the Man Who Tattooed His Face Like Outer Space. After 14 years as Eak, he’s taking a break this summer. He plans to enter law school in the fall to become a civil rights attorney. Offstage he prefers to be called Eduardo.

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