Risa Bey

by | Feb 1, 2024

Risa Bey, the pride of Constantinople, performed all manner of strength arts, bodybuilding wrestling, gymnastics, and acrobatics in the late 19th century.

Unfortunately, we know little else about Risa Bey other than a series of post cards which illustrated his feats… but looking at those we can certainly conclude that his sense of showmanship was tremendous — he always lifted giant, impressive looking weights or performed very dangerous feats such as knife throwing or holding a cannon as it was fired.

Above, an impressive globe dumbbell hoisted overhead.

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