Le Petomane - Champion Performance Farter  

KC_JJ 53M
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Le Petomane - Champion Performance Farter

I first heard about this French "vaudevillian" performance farter from a guy in film school. He was also an archivist in the UCLA film library and said he had checked out and screened an old film there documenting this guys amazing and unbelievable skills.

Here is some biographical info I just dug up on him.

Le Pétomane was the stage name of the French professional farter and entertainer Joseph Pujol (June 1, 1857 - 1945).

He was famous in Victorian times for his remarkable control of the abdominal muscles, which enabled him to break wind at will. He derived his stage name from the French verb péter, "to fart."

Joseph Pujol was born in Marseille . He was one of five children of François (a stonemason and sculptor) and Rose Pujol. Soon after he left school he had a strange experience while swimming in the sea. He would put his head under the water and hold his breath whereupon he felt an icy cold penetrating his rear. He ran ashore in fright and was amazed to see water pouring from his anus. A doctor assured him that there was nothing to worry about.

When he joined the army he told his fellow soldiers about his special ability, and repeated it for their amusement. He then found that he could do the same with air. Although a baker by profession, Pujol decided to try his talent on the stage, and debuted in Marseille in 1887. Successful, he proceeded to Paris, where he took the act to the Moulin Rouge.

He became an immediate sensation. In a typical performance, he appeared on stage in red cape, black trousers, and white cravat, with a pair of white gloves held in the hands for a touch of elegance. Having explained that his emissions were odorless--Le Petomane took care to irrigate his colon daily--he would proceed with a program of fart impressions, as it were: the timid fart of the young girl, the hearty fart of the miller, the fart of the bride on her wedding night (almost inaudible), the fart of the bride a week later (a lusty raspberry), and a majestic 10-second fart which he likened to a couturier cutting six feet of calico cloth.

Later, having inserted a tube into his nether orifice (offstage, of course--Le Petomane had a high regard for the delicacies of his audience), he would smoke a cigarette right down to the b--well, pretty damn far. He could also blow out candles and stage footlights. By way of grand finale, he would attach an ocarina to the tube and play popular tunes such as O sole mio, with which he would invite the audience to sing along. Another of the frequent highlights of his stage act involved him farting sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms.

An immensely popular figure in his day (even the king of Belgium snuck into Paris one night to see him incognito), Le Petomane was the subject of numerous articles, poems, and caricatures in popular magazines. One cartoon depicted little cherubs holding his coattails aloft while elaborate melodies issued from his hindquarters.

Actually, Le Petomane could produce only four notes without the aid of an instrument--do, mi, sol, and the octave do. H

He bought a house filled with servants for his family, and in 1895 opened his own theatre. He went on foreign tours, sued a false female imitator (she had a bellows concealed in her skirt), and in general enjoyed a profitable career until 1914.

In in his later years Pujol tried to 'refine' and make his acts 'gentler'; one of his favourite numbers became a rhyme about a farm which he himself composed, and which he punctuated with the usual anal renditions of the animals' sounds. The climax of his act however involved him farting his impression of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

With the outbreak of World War I , Pujol, horrified by the inhumanity of the conflict, retired from the stage and returned to his bakery in Marseille. Later he opened a biscuit factory in Toulon. He died in 1945, aged 88 and was buried in the cemetery of La Valette in the Var département, where his grave can still be seen today.

A present-day comedian employing the same effect is Mr. Methane.

A short humorous film about his life, entitled Le Petomane starred Leonard Rossiter.

The Italian movie 'Il Petomane', starring Ugo Tognazzi gives a poetic rendition of the character, contrasting his deep longing for normalcy with the condition of 'freak' to which his act relegated him.

The 1974 film Blazing Saddles, directed by Mel Brooks , is famous (or notorious) for its flatulence jokes. Brooks appears in several cameo roles as different characters, one of which is named Governor William J. Lepetomane.

Further reading
* Nohain, Jean and Caradec, F. ( 1968 ). Le Petomane 1857-1945, Sherbourne Press. Trans. Warren Tute


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TheOracle2006 105F

2/28/2007 9:17 am

I never knew. Thanks for the history lesson. What some people will do for a laugh... or money.

I am always amazed at what comes out of your mind. A beautiful mind indeed.

L'Oracle de L'Amour

BTW: loved that joke about Yoni Mitchell and Abraham Lingham.

Hi again


KC_JJ 53M

2/28/2007 5:02 pm

    Quoting TheOracle2006:
    I never knew. Thanks for the history lesson. What some people will do for a laugh... or money.

    I am always amazed at what comes out of your mind. A beautiful mind indeed.

    L'Oracle de L'Amour

    BTW: loved that joke about Yoni Mitchell and Abraham Lingham.
Wow, after 13 month of seeimingly being fully ignored this post finally gets it's first comment!

I had considered it my least popular post of all time but now that crown must go to something else.

I truly thought it would never happen. Maybe some poeple thought that it was phony historical info but it ain't!

Glad you liked the Abe Lingham joke. I also thought that maybe I was the only one who was tickled by that. My birthday is the same as Abe Lincoln's so I've alwyas felt a close connection to him. And Joni Mitchell is both a painter and a musician ( like me ) so she's relevant to me too. So I tied 'em together tantrically.

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one_wilde_river 49F

3/1/2007 5:48 am

Since you mentioned it...I had to come check it out


KC_JJ 53M

3/1/2007 10:34 am

    Quoting one_wilde_river:
    Since you mentioned it...I had to come check it out
Previously my most thoroughly ignored post of all time.

I wonder if this talent of his created within women that mysterious magnetism so often radiated by rock stars?

Whadaya think? Do you suppose he had throngs of screaming young female groupies?

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one_wilde_river 49F

3/6/2007 5:38 am

yes...throngs of screaming young female bearded dwarfs


KC_JJ 53M

3/6/2007 6:59 am

    Quoting one_wilde_river:
    yes...throngs of screaming young female bearded dwarfs
Well, since he was often touring around with what was essentially a circus side show I have little doubt he was frequently in the company of some people who may have fit that description. Or something quite close to it.

I still need to read Pamela DesBarres groupie classic I'm With The Band

Ever see Almost Famous? Kate Hudson's character in that was modelled after Pamela.

Gotta get that book and then bone up on my groupie history!

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one_wilde_river 49F

3/6/2007 12:52 pm

Almost famous was hilarious!
I may have to check out that read myself..
Having a brother who played drums for 20 years probably dissuaded my taste for attaining full groupie status, but it's always interesting to live vicariously through someone else's experiences


KC_JJ 53M

3/6/2007 1:58 pm

    Quoting one_wilde_river:
    Almost famous was hilarious!
    I may have to check out that read myself..
    Having a brother who played drums for 20 years probably dissuaded my taste for attaining full groupie status, but it's always interesting to live vicariously through someone else's experiences
I only know one real hippie era groupie girl. She endse up marrying one of the main guys from Bonzo Dog Band. They were an English band so she moved over there too. He died though in a tragic fire but the way she would talk about him was as if she were some form of energy parasite. I don't think she intended for it to come out that way but it did.

for her it may have gone a bit further than a purely vicarious thing but that word is quite applicable to the whole groupie mindset as a general rule.

She was a writer and I think she still calims him as her "muse". The guy was exraordinarily talented. He was far too talented in art/painting, music-multi instrumentalist singer/sonwriter and overly adept at acting/theatrical arts. More talented than should be allowed by law. ( which means I'm envious of him )

PS - I've worked tirelessly for most of my life at developing an overpowering lack of stage presence in order to avoid all such groupie type nonsense.

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TheOracleofFire 97F

11/10/2007 10:14 pm

I'm Back!!! I love this so much I posted it over at Insane Bloggers so that we may enjoy a good fart every now and again.

Have you ever found any recordings of farts... that would be fun
I have found hand farting performances butttttt not the other kind.

L'Oracle de L'Amour


mediumWalter 40M
4241 posts
11/11/2007 8:26 am

Ya know when the Boopster was doing that whole awards thingy,
she could of had a category for most educational blog. You would
have run away with that one.

he would smoke a cigarette right down to the b--well, pretty damn far.


uh . . . which butt are we talking about? . . . oh, of course, both

I liked the part of Naked Lunch where the guy taught his asshole how to talk and turned it into a vaudeville act. Later the
asshole grew tiny dentata and chewed a hole in his pants.

. . . then there was the throbbing butt rictus in the movie Pink Flamingos

I hope Le Petomane is on DVD.

Blues is a healer. All over the world.
John Lee Hooker

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mediumWalter 40M
4241 posts
11/11/2007 8:38 am

he would proceed with a program of fart impressions, as it were: the timid fart of the young girl, . . . the fart of the bride on her wedding night (almost inaudible), the fart of the bride a week later (a lusty raspberry), . . .

Richard Pryor once said that girls don't fart; they poot

Blues is a healer. All over the world.
John Lee Hooker

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TheOracleofFire 97F

11/11/2007 12:41 pm

When you get your blog back you will be so happy to see that I remembered some of my favorite posts... and this is one of them... more comments should be forthright... I have tooted your horn.

L'Oracle de L'Amour


demonicsexkitten 41F
10671 posts
10/18/2013 6:44 pm

I'm not into "body function humor" but this is interesting.


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