Mirin Dajo, the Human Pincushion.

That's Dutchman Mirin Dajo, the Human Pincushion, which confounded doctors because he could have a fencing foil plunged right through his body (passing through vital organs) with no apparent harm. He even allowed doctors to pierce him themselves and then take x-rays to prove that it was no trick.

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Here's a debunking of that guy.
Basically, he did go to india to learn the "science" of fakirs. On a scientific point of view, it's simple: Poke through the skin around 1/4", wait for it to cauterize, repeat. If you hit a bone or start punching through a vital organ? Try another point of entry. Very creepy result, but simple science.
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In that era even doctors were rubes.

The guy probably had some sort of armor shaped like his body and the sword just curved and deviated on the other side.

The x-rays were probably taken at angles that proved nothing.

I would love to see those x-rays tho.
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