Frequently Asked Questions

Suspension.org is a website for those interested in the art and technical aspects of body suspension and the responsible disseminationof information pertaining to such. It is not designed to encourage people to attempt any dangerous activities.
The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.
There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level of spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of “experience”.
Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themselves and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a rite of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body.
Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.
Old FAQ
This FAQ was originally compiled by and copyright (c) 2002 BMEZINE.COM Inc. For more on suspension and other ritual, visit http://www.bmezine.com/
Please note that this is/was an entirely preliminary version of this FAQ. As of July 2009, a team of people has begun rewritting the FAQ. If you would like to help please drop an email to isa@suspension.org
Version: 0.01
Date: 01-15-2002

INTRODUCTION

Be aware that many TV shows will outright lie to you about the content and direction of a show in order to get what they want from you. Have everything firmly established and in writing before committing, and consider approaching people who have had experience dealing with the media to help you. Reputable productions do not balk at such requests and should have a budget capable of at least off-setting some of, if not all, of your costs. Keep in mind that the TV crew is primarily there to 'get the shot' and as such your personal safety and comfort are secondary to them. This is almost exclusively a public suspension situation. As a general note, suspending for TV is not a good motivation to suspend unless you are actively trying to work professionally as a suspension artist or part of a group that performs publicly. It presents a number of additional hassles and the notoriety, if any will be fleeting compared with the effort and expense.In addition, you must ensure that you will be able to have complete control over rigging -- never compromise safety in trade for a good shot. You will also need to make sure that the television crew respects your aseptic set up and dirty zones, and that anyone in the area understands all the rules of cross contamination control. Finally, be aware that the media loves to present suspension as sideshow.

A Man Called Horse: This movie contains footage of an “O-Kee-Pa” suspension.
The Cell: This movie contains footage of a superman suspension being done by permanently pierced rings.

First I would like to point out that pursuing these records for the sake of the record is foolish and dangerous and entirely misses the point. That said, I have included a number of records here in this FAQ for entertainment only!Longest suspension from a single hook
It first also be noted that this record was defined by and first held by Allen Falkner. It was then held by Shane Munce, who suspended from a single hook for one minute. He then broke his own record and suspended for three minutes from a single hook. 

It is in theory possible, but realistically, NO, and there is certainly no particular advantage to doing this.

STYLES OF SUSPENSIONS

Be aware that many TV shows will outright lie to you about the content and direction of a show in order to get what they want from you. Have everything firmly established and in writing before committing, and consider approaching people who have had experience dealing with the media to help you. Reputable productions do not balk at such requests and should have a budget capable of at least off-setting some of, if not all, of your costs. Keep in mind that the TV crew is primarily there to 'get the shot' and as such your personal safety and comfort are secondary to them. This is almost exclusively a public suspension situation. As a general note, suspending for TV is not a good motivation to suspend unless you are actively trying to work professionally as a suspension artist or part of a group that performs publicly. It presents a number of additional hassles and the notoriety, if any will be fleeting compared with the effort and expense.In addition, you must ensure that you will be able to have complete control over rigging -- never compromise safety in trade for a good shot. You will also need to make sure that the television crew respects your aseptic set up and dirty zones, and that anyone in the area understands all the rules of cross contamination control. Finally, be aware that the media loves to present suspension as sideshow.

A Man Called Horse: This movie contains footage of an “O-Kee-Pa” suspension.
The Cell: This movie contains footage of a superman suspension being done by permanently pierced rings.

First I would like to point out that pursuing these records for the sake of the record is foolish and dangerous and entirely misses the point. That said, I have included a number of records here in this FAQ for entertainment only!Longest suspension from a single hook
It first also be noted that this record was defined by and first held by Allen Falkner. It was then held by Shane Munce, who suspended from a single hook for one minute. He then broke his own record and suspended for three minutes from a single hook. 

It is in theory possible, but realistically, NO, and there is certainly no particular advantage to doing this.

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Be aware that many TV shows will outright lie to you about the content and direction of a show in order to get what they want from you. Have everything firmly established and in writing before committing, and consider approaching people who have had experience dealing with the media to help you. Reputable productions do not balk at such requests and should have a budget capable of at least off-setting some of, if not all, of your costs. Keep in mind that the TV crew is primarily there to 'get the shot' and as such your personal safety and comfort are secondary to them. This is almost exclusively a public suspension situation. As a general note, suspending for TV is not a good motivation to suspend unless you are actively trying to work professionally as a suspension artist or part of a group that performs publicly. It presents a number of additional hassles and the notoriety, if any will be fleeting compared with the effort and expense.In addition, you must ensure that you will be able to have complete control over rigging -- never compromise safety in trade for a good shot. You will also need to make sure that the television crew respects your aseptic set up and dirty zones, and that anyone in the area understands all the rules of cross contamination control. Finally, be aware that the media loves to present suspension as sideshow.

A Man Called Horse: This movie contains footage of an “O-Kee-Pa” suspension.
The Cell: This movie contains footage of a superman suspension being done by permanently pierced rings.

First I would like to point out that pursuing these records for the sake of the record is foolish and dangerous and entirely misses the point. That said, I have included a number of records here in this FAQ for entertainment only!Longest suspension from a single hook
It first also be noted that this record was defined by and first held by Allen Falkner. It was then held by Shane Munce, who suspended from a single hook for one minute. He then broke his own record and suspended for three minutes from a single hook. 

It is in theory possible, but realistically, NO, and there is certainly no particular advantage to doing this.

HOOKS AND THEIR APPLICATION

Be aware that many TV shows will outright lie to you about the content and direction of a show in order to get what they want from you. Have everything firmly established and in writing before committing, and consider approaching people who have had experience dealing with the media to help you. Reputable productions do not balk at such requests and should have a budget capable of at least off-setting some of, if not all, of your costs. Keep in mind that the TV crew is primarily there to 'get the shot' and as such your personal safety and comfort are secondary to them. This is almost exclusively a public suspension situation. As a general note, suspending for TV is not a good motivation to suspend unless you are actively trying to work professionally as a suspension artist or part of a group that performs publicly. It presents a number of additional hassles and the notoriety, if any will be fleeting compared with the effort and expense.In addition, you must ensure that you will be able to have complete control over rigging -- never compromise safety in trade for a good shot. You will also need to make sure that the television crew respects your aseptic set up and dirty zones, and that anyone in the area understands all the rules of cross contamination control. Finally, be aware that the media loves to present suspension as sideshow.

A Man Called Horse: This movie contains footage of an “O-Kee-Pa” suspension.
The Cell: This movie contains footage of a superman suspension being done by permanently pierced rings.

First I would like to point out that pursuing these records for the sake of the record is foolish and dangerous and entirely misses the point. That said, I have included a number of records here in this FAQ for entertainment only!Longest suspension from a single hook
It first also be noted that this record was defined by and first held by Allen Falkner. It was then held by Shane Munce, who suspended from a single hook for one minute. He then broke his own record and suspended for three minutes from a single hook. 

It is in theory possible, but realistically, NO, and there is certainly no particular advantage to doing this.

ROPES AND RIGGING

Be aware that many TV shows will outright lie to you about the content and direction of a show in order to get what they want from you. Have everything firmly established and in writing before committing, and consider approaching people who have had experience dealing with the media to help you. Reputable productions do not balk at such requests and should have a budget capable of at least off-setting some of, if not all, of your costs. Keep in mind that the TV crew is primarily there to 'get the shot' and as such your personal safety and comfort are secondary to them. This is almost exclusively a public suspension situation. As a general note, suspending for TV is not a good motivation to suspend unless you are actively trying to work professionally as a suspension artist or part of a group that performs publicly. It presents a number of additional hassles and the notoriety, if any will be fleeting compared with the effort and expense.In addition, you must ensure that you will be able to have complete control over rigging -- never compromise safety in trade for a good shot. You will also need to make sure that the television crew respects your aseptic set up and dirty zones, and that anyone in the area understands all the rules of cross contamination control. Finally, be aware that the media loves to present suspension as sideshow.

A Man Called Horse: This movie contains footage of an “O-Kee-Pa” suspension.
The Cell: This movie contains footage of a superman suspension being done by permanently pierced rings.

First I would like to point out that pursuing these records for the sake of the record is foolish and dangerous and entirely misses the point. That said, I have included a number of records here in this FAQ for entertainment only!Longest suspension from a single hook
It first also be noted that this record was defined by and first held by Allen Falkner. It was then held by Shane Munce, who suspended from a single hook for one minute. He then broke his own record and suspended for three minutes from a single hook. 

It is in theory possible, but realistically, NO, and there is certainly no particular advantage to doing this.

PREPARATION AND AFTERCARE: MENTAL, PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL

Be aware that many TV shows will outright lie to you about the content and direction of a show in order to get what they want from you. Have everything firmly established and in writing before committing, and consider approaching people who have had experience dealing with the media to help you. Reputable productions do not balk at such requests and should have a budget capable of at least off-setting some of, if not all, of your costs. Keep in mind that the TV crew is primarily there to 'get the shot' and as such your personal safety and comfort are secondary to them. This is almost exclusively a public suspension situation. As a general note, suspending for TV is not a good motivation to suspend unless you are actively trying to work professionally as a suspension artist or part of a group that performs publicly. It presents a number of additional hassles and the notoriety, if any will be fleeting compared with the effort and expense.In addition, you must ensure that you will be able to have complete control over rigging -- never compromise safety in trade for a good shot. You will also need to make sure that the television crew respects your aseptic set up and dirty zones, and that anyone in the area understands all the rules of cross contamination control. Finally, be aware that the media loves to present suspension as sideshow.

A Man Called Horse: This movie contains footage of an “O-Kee-Pa” suspension.
The Cell: This movie contains footage of a superman suspension being done by permanently pierced rings.

First I would like to point out that pursuing these records for the sake of the record is foolish and dangerous and entirely misses the point. That said, I have included a number of records here in this FAQ for entertainment only!Longest suspension from a single hook
It first also be noted that this record was defined by and first held by Allen Falkner. It was then held by Shane Munce, who suspended from a single hook for one minute. He then broke his own record and suspended for three minutes from a single hook. 

It is in theory possible, but realistically, NO, and there is certainly no particular advantage to doing this.

RISKS AND SAFETY

Be aware that many TV shows will outright lie to you about the content and direction of a show in order to get what they want from you. Have everything firmly established and in writing before committing, and consider approaching people who have had experience dealing with the media to help you. Reputable productions do not balk at such requests and should have a budget capable of at least off-setting some of, if not all, of your costs. Keep in mind that the TV crew is primarily there to 'get the shot' and as such your personal safety and comfort are secondary to them. This is almost exclusively a public suspension situation. As a general note, suspending for TV is not a good motivation to suspend unless you are actively trying to work professionally as a suspension artist or part of a group that performs publicly. It presents a number of additional hassles and the notoriety, if any will be fleeting compared with the effort and expense.In addition, you must ensure that you will be able to have complete control over rigging -- never compromise safety in trade for a good shot. You will also need to make sure that the television crew respects your aseptic set up and dirty zones, and that anyone in the area understands all the rules of cross contamination control. Finally, be aware that the media loves to present suspension as sideshow.

A Man Called Horse: This movie contains footage of an “O-Kee-Pa” suspension.
The Cell: This movie contains footage of a superman suspension being done by permanently pierced rings.

First I would like to point out that pursuing these records for the sake of the record is foolish and dangerous and entirely misses the point. That said, I have included a number of records here in this FAQ for entertainment only!Longest suspension from a single hook
It first also be noted that this record was defined by and first held by Allen Falkner. It was then held by Shane Munce, who suspended from a single hook for one minute. He then broke his own record and suspended for three minutes from a single hook. 

It is in theory possible, but realistically, NO, and there is certainly no particular advantage to doing this.

MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS

Be aware that many TV shows will outright lie to you about the content and direction of a show in order to get what they want from you. Have everything firmly established and in writing before committing, and consider approaching people who have had experience dealing with the media to help you. Reputable productions do not balk at such requests and should have a budget capable of at least off-setting some of, if not all, of your costs. Keep in mind that the TV crew is primarily there to 'get the shot' and as such your personal safety and comfort are secondary to them. This is almost exclusively a public suspension situation. As a general note, suspending for TV is not a good motivation to suspend unless you are actively trying to work professionally as a suspension artist or part of a group that performs publicly. It presents a number of additional hassles and the notoriety, if any will be fleeting compared with the effort and expense.In addition, you must ensure that you will be able to have complete control over rigging -- never compromise safety in trade for a good shot. You will also need to make sure that the television crew respects your aseptic set up and dirty zones, and that anyone in the area understands all the rules of cross contamination control. Finally, be aware that the media loves to present suspension as sideshow.

A Man Called Horse: This movie contains footage of an “O-Kee-Pa” suspension.
The Cell: This movie contains footage of a superman suspension being done by permanently pierced rings.

First I would like to point out that pursuing these records for the sake of the record is foolish and dangerous and entirely misses the point. That said, I have included a number of records here in this FAQ for entertainment only!Longest suspension from a single hook
It first also be noted that this record was defined by and first held by Allen Falkner. It was then held by Shane Munce, who suspended from a single hook for one minute. He then broke his own record and suspended for three minutes from a single hook. 

It is in theory possible, but realistically, NO, and there is certainly no particular advantage to doing this.

PULLING

Be aware that many TV shows will outright lie to you about the content and direction of a show in order to get what they want from you. Have everything firmly established and in writing before committing, and consider approaching people who have had experience dealing with the media to help you. Reputable productions do not balk at such requests and should have a budget capable of at least off-setting some of, if not all, of your costs. Keep in mind that the TV crew is primarily there to 'get the shot' and as such your personal safety and comfort are secondary to them. This is almost exclusively a public suspension situation. As a general note, suspending for TV is not a good motivation to suspend unless you are actively trying to work professionally as a suspension artist or part of a group that performs publicly. It presents a number of additional hassles and the notoriety, if any will be fleeting compared with the effort and expense.In addition, you must ensure that you will be able to have complete control over rigging -- never compromise safety in trade for a good shot. You will also need to make sure that the television crew respects your aseptic set up and dirty zones, and that anyone in the area understands all the rules of cross contamination control. Finally, be aware that the media loves to present suspension as sideshow.

A Man Called Horse: This movie contains footage of an “O-Kee-Pa” suspension.
The Cell: This movie contains footage of a superman suspension being done by permanently pierced rings.

First I would like to point out that pursuing these records for the sake of the record is foolish and dangerous and entirely misses the point. That said, I have included a number of records here in this FAQ for entertainment only!Longest suspension from a single hook
It first also be noted that this record was defined by and first held by Allen Falkner. It was then held by Shane Munce, who suspended from a single hook for one minute. He then broke his own record and suspended for three minutes from a single hook. 

It is in theory possible, but realistically, NO, and there is certainly no particular advantage to doing this.

SUPPLIERS

Be aware that many TV shows will outright lie to you about the content and direction of a show in order to get what they want from you. Have everything firmly established and in writing before committing, and consider approaching people who have had experience dealing with the media to help you. Reputable productions do not balk at such requests and should have a budget capable of at least off-setting some of, if not all, of your costs. Keep in mind that the TV crew is primarily there to 'get the shot' and as such your personal safety and comfort are secondary to them. This is almost exclusively a public suspension situation. As a general note, suspending for TV is not a good motivation to suspend unless you are actively trying to work professionally as a suspension artist or part of a group that performs publicly. It presents a number of additional hassles and the notoriety, if any will be fleeting compared with the effort and expense.In addition, you must ensure that you will be able to have complete control over rigging -- never compromise safety in trade for a good shot. You will also need to make sure that the television crew respects your aseptic set up and dirty zones, and that anyone in the area understands all the rules of cross contamination control. Finally, be aware that the media loves to present suspension as sideshow.

A Man Called Horse: This movie contains footage of an “O-Kee-Pa” suspension.
The Cell: This movie contains footage of a superman suspension being done by permanently pierced rings.

First I would like to point out that pursuing these records for the sake of the record is foolish and dangerous and entirely misses the point. That said, I have included a number of records here in this FAQ for entertainment only!Longest suspension from a single hook
It first also be noted that this record was defined by and first held by Allen Falkner. It was then held by Shane Munce, who suspended from a single hook for one minute. He then broke his own record and suspended for three minutes from a single hook. 

It is in theory possible, but realistically, NO, and there is certainly no particular advantage to doing this.