Anthropology and History

Frank Cannonball Richards: The Man with the Strongest Stomach in History

Watch the man who could take a cannonball being shot into his stomach!

posted on 08/11/2011
Michele Collet
Scribol Staff

Cannonball RichardsPhoto: Screenshot

Carnival and vaudeville performer Frank “Cannonball” Richards was scared of nothing. He was famous for his strong stomach – not because of what he ate but because of the abuse it could tolerate. As part of his act, men would jump on his stomach or hit him in the belly with a plank of wood or a sledgehammer. He then progressed to having a 104-pound cannonball shot into his midriff. Now that’s guts!

Don’t think he didn’t feel pain though; he actually limited the cannonball act to twice a day because it hurt so much! Watch the YouTube clip to see exactly how much he could take. It’s unbelievable! Richards died in 1969 at the ripe old age 81, so it seems the punishment his stomach took didn’t have any terrible effects on his health.

Michele Collet
Scribol Staff