The Lizardman

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The Lizardman
Born Erik Sprague
(1972-06-12) June 12, 1972 (age 44)
Fort Campbell, KY
Residence Austin, Texas
Occupation performer
Known for extensive body modifications

Erik Sprague (born June 12, 1972[1]), better known as The Lizardman, is a freak show and sideshow performer, best known for his body modification, including his sharpened teeth, full-body tattoo of green scales, bifurcated tongue, subdermal implants and recently, green-inked lips. Rumors that he hoped to get a tail transplant have been debunked by Erik himself, who states that it would be impossible.

The Lizardman makes his living as a freak, performing before audiences all over the world. He also makes numerous paid television and public appearances. He regularly performs many classic sideshow acts such as the human blockhead, fire eating and breathing, gavage, sword swallowing, the bed of nails, the Human Dartboard, the cranial corkscrew and the insectivore. He also participates in many public and private flesh hook suspension groups and events, and is highly involved in the body modification community. He also writes articles on the Body Modification E-zine.[2] His rock band, LIZARD SKYNYRD, released an album in late 2010 and performed in many tours around the world. Erik recently gained the official Guinness World Record for 'Most weight lifted and swung from the ear lobes' or as he likes to call them "Those thin strips of flesh hanging from my head" on the set of 'Lo Show dei Record' in Milan, Italy on 19 Jun 2014. He also regularly performs with other sideshow celebrities and world record holders such as Chayne Hultgren, AKA: The Space Cowboy. Erik is features in many of the 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not' books and TV shows and there is a life size statue of him in almost every Ripley's Museum around the world.

The Lizardman was born in Fort Campbell, KY, and was a Ph.D. candidate at the University at Albany before beginning his transformation.[1] He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.[1]

The Lizardman has toured with The Jim Rose Circus and hosted the Jägermeister Music Tour, with bands including Disturbed, Slayer, and Slipknot.[1]

He resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife Meghan and their pet ferrets.[1]

Screen appearances[edit]

  • The 2005 body modification documentary Modify
  • The Lizardman had a small part in the 2007 independent mockumentary comedy film Boxboarders!.
  • On July 12, 2008, the Lizardman was a guest on The Tyra Banks Show.
  • On October 30, 2014, he appeared on "The Daily Show" in a taped segment about Congressional gerrymandering during the show's visit to Austin, Texas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Frequently Asked Questions". The Lizardman. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  2. ^ "BME Blog". Retrieved 2010-10-04. 

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