Life doesn’t suck for Jamie Keeton, and he can thank his sticky skin.
Keeton is known as “the human suction cup” thanks to a rare condition that makes things like bottles, cans, phones, pads of paper and other objects stick to his skin.
The 47-year-old Chicago-based sideshow artist calls himself “a real-life X-man-type person.” He travels all over the world showing off the tricks he can do with his unusual epidermis.
He even owns a Guinness World Record for “most drink cans placed on the head using air suction,” which he set in January 2016, when he stuck eight cans to his skull.
“Everything sticks to me as long as it’s got a hard surface that can suck to me,” Keeton told The Wizard Of Odd, a YouTube channel featuring humans doing extraordinarily weird things. “Most of the time when I’m walking around, people think the cans of glue are magnetized. … That’s why I use a lot of aluminum and plastic, so none of its magnetizable.”
Some of his most impressive stunts include pouring drinks out of bottles and cans stuck to his body.
Keeton has always been sticky, but when he was younger, he attributed his abilities to tree sap he collected on his body while climbing pine trees.
Keeton said he kept his super human stickiness a secret until about 18 years ago, after he first shaved his head.
“It was a hot day, and I was trying to cool my head down by holding a soda pop to it,” he told ABC News last year. “But then the team hit a home run and I let go of my soda to try and grab the ball, but I missed. Then I was like, ‘Where’s my drink?’
“It turned out, it was stuck to the back of my head horizontally and the drink was pouring out. Everyone was laughing.”
Besides being sticky, Keeton is unusual in other ways: His body temperature is consistently 100 degrees.
However, Dr. Win Myint, Keeton’s doctor in Oak Lawn, Illinois, insists that his patient is not stuck with an strange illness.
“I’m not quite sure why his skin is like that, but he is definitely not sick and in fairly good shape,” Myint told ABC. “It’s a mystery.”
Keeton may describe himself as a real-life superhero, but his focus is on selling products rather than saving the world.
“What I can do and how superhuman I am is just amazing,” he said in the video above, before making this sales pitch: “Have me wear your products or your name on the cans or the shirt at your next event and see how much marketing I can do for you.”
By David Moye