TIMES SQUARE — Sideshow performers at Ripley's Believe It or Not! near Times Square swallowed swords, ate needles and hammered nails up their noses Friday to celebrate "Odd Jobs" in light of Labor Day.
"The hard part is actually getting a job and getting paid for it," said Albert Cadabra, who demonstrated the "Human Blockhead" by pounding a 6-inch iron nail into his right nostril. "We're lucky enough to have Ripley's open up in Times Square and embrace strange and unsual people, such as ourselves, who do strange and unusual things for a living, and pay us to do it."
"When he told me he had a full-time job driving a nail into his head, I was like, 'No way! You're living the dream man!'" Dubin said. "I'm indebted to Albert because he and I are friends through performing and he brought me here."
Free performances by Ripley's Sideshow Wonders will contine Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with shows every half hour.