Spanish Castle Magic: living towers made of humans


35 Responses to “Spanish Castle Magic: living towers made of humans”

  1. HD says:

    I’ve seen this in Barcelona. One of the joys of just wandering around.

  2. lewisfrancis says:

    Yup, wormman beat me to the Clive Barker’s “In the Hills, The Cities” pointer — well done.

  3. SamSam says:

    BoingBoing posted a great video a couple weeks ago of a young girl going up one of these towers with a camera on her helmet(?). Does anyone remember where that was? I can’t find it.

  4. foxtails says:

    As opposed to dead towers made of humans.

  5. billstewart says:

    The Berbers in Morocco do similar kinds of acrobatic stunts as entertainment. Maybe not quite as big a tower, but I’ve seen five or six guys all climb into various arrangements; it’s really impressive. Moroccan restaurants may have belly dancers because that’s what the tourists want, but the acrobatics are more traditional.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Beats the StooperBowl any day!

  7. meanthinking says:

    This kind of thing happens in many neighbourhoods in Mumbai, India every year – during the festival of Krishna’s birth. The human pyramids are also a competition between residential neighbourhoods and can get quite crazy…See pics:

  8. EH says:

    This would never, ever happen in the US, and I don’t even think the Texas A&M bonfire collapse would have been necessary for this state of affairs.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Only one precision: it’s not an spanish castle magic, it’s a catalan castle magic

  10. Donald Petersen says:

    Wow. That tower with the seafoam green-shirted, white-pantsed crew. You see the helmeted kids clambering down at around 1:16. At that point, the four top layers of the tower contain 16 people. Some are small 45-pound kids, the rest have to be 100-pound (at least) teens.

    If the average weight of those 16 people is 75 pounds, then the four people down on layer #5 are each supporting 300 lbs on their shoulders. And I bet it’s more than that.

    I think I sprained something just watching that. Amazing!

  11. Anonymous says:

    It’s culturally Catalan, not Spanish. Spain is a state comprising several countries with different cultures (and languages).

  12. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Do they have any cultural activities that don’t involved sharp lessons in gravity, conflagrations or angry bovines?

  13. anansi133 says:

    It’s like the live theatrical version of World Of Goo.

  14. David Llopis says:

    Universal healthcare!
    Photos are so deceiving since in reality it’s all about the shaking & straining & vibrating.

  15. iguanoid says:

    I bet there are some really cool families that enter that event.

  16. facetedjewel says:

    Watching this all I can see are compressed discs. No one’s spine should be put under that much pressure. As a parent I’d be a little apprehensive about letting my kid climb to the top.

  17. blorgggg says:

    This is heavily featured in the weird movie, “The Tit and the Moon”

  18. VICTOR JIMENEZ says:

    All the peoples of the Iberian peninsula have a astounding disregard for the Laws of Thermodynamics. We are that cool.

  19. Anonymous says:

    This looks like a page from Where’s Waldo!

  20. Sekino says:

    Okay, it looks dangerous as heck. But there is something unusual and heartwarming in seeing adult men and women, teenagers and little kids all working together, equally, for a common goal.

    That and it demands an impressive amount of strenght and focus from all involved. Wow!

  21. ToMajorTom says:

    While I hope no one was seriously injured, I have to admit that the collapses were pretty awesome to watch.

  22. Goorpy says:

    Kind of like one of our rituals in Queen’s Engineering: The Greasepole climb.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The video is beautiful the subject is cringe-worthy and amazing.

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