What The Media Has Said:
"Tim Cridland uses his immense knowledge of the human anatomy to endure the seemingly unbearable but there's no doubt his ability to block out the pain is superhuman."
- Stan Lee on Stan Lee's Superhumans on The History Channel
"You may be surprised about what this man can teach you"
- Dan Rather
"Zamora is an icon in the modern day sideshow community.
Cridland was among those who led the rebirth of the sideshow act, this time instead of touring with circuses, the show wed itself with the rock and roll scene."
- Reportage by Getty Images - 01 Feb 2010
"A regular guy who does irregular things."
- 48 Hours on CBS
"Anyone who voluntarily lays his moist, twitching tongue across red hot glowing metal rebar gets our vote for loco rematado of the year. That's how Zamora The Torture King rolls..."
- The Phoenix New Times 03-June-2010
"Zamora the Torture King has all manner of grotesque yet fascinating tricks in his repertoire, but he is best known for pushing sharp skewers through various muscles such as the bicep. His control of mind over matter reportedly allows him to be pressed into a bed of nails under 1,000 pounds of weight; eat a broken light bulb; and swallow a long string and then surgically remove it with a small incision below his ribcage."
- New Times Columbia, SC 24-Feb-2010
"You can file this one under: Weird but Highly Entertaining..."
"If Neil Young were the godfather of grunge, then Tim Cridland, aka Zamora the Torture King, might just be the godfather of the modern circus sideshow. But the comparison might be a little more accurate if Neil Young had played lead guitar in Soundgarden, which is the equivalent of what Zamora has been doing in the alternative circus business since the early 1990s when he helped form the infamous Jim Rose Circus..."
- The Source Weekly Bend, OR 09-June-2010
"The Torture King's act was better-executed than Jim Rose's .... Zamora seemed much more in control and treated his audience maturely."
- Uptown Weekly Winnipeg, Canada
“Headliner Zamora, the infamous Torture King… almost singlehandedly re-invigorated the classic American schlock sideshow format some 20 years ago…”
- Los Angeles Weekly May 3-9 2013
"In 2006, back when Zamora (real name Tim Cridland) had a stage show in Vegas, doctors in an ABC News report theorized that a genetic mutation had left him immune to pain. Zamora says he feels pain; he just doesn't let it control him. He's a contemplative fellow, lean and ascetic, garbed in simple dark cotton clothes and split-toed ninja shoes. Shoulder-length graying hair frames a worn, rawboned face that inclines more toward thoughtful scowls than glittering smiles. From an early age, he viewed pain responses as learned behavior and chose to adopt stoicism. He studied pain management and spontaneous healing and believes he has trained his body to repair itself rapidly."
- The Oklahoman Oklahoma City 27-Jan-2010
"Acts like Zamora The Torture King made one producer giddily describe the show [Lollapolooza] as 'kind of like Disneyland.'"
- People Magazine
"For the better part of the past 20 years, Tim Cridland has been driving sharp skewers into his tongue and pushing them out through his neck, chewing on shards of glass, using his body to conduct electricity and walking barefoot across a bed of razor-sharp knives. All in a day's work for Zamora, the Torture King. The 46 year old Cridland is a veteran of the contemporary American sideshow circuit. He also has a regular gig in Las Vegas, and has written a couple of books on freakeries, oddities and the darker aspects of the thrilling performance arts."
- Connect Savannah 12-Jan-2010
"With last week's appearance by the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow, the Wormhole Bar had its best-ever night - it was standing-room-only to see Zamora, the Torture King."
- Connect Savannah 19-Jan-2010
"Dr. Joshua Prager was amazed when he saw the pain-defying performer known as Zamora. 'He stuck a spike through his face -- through his mouth and it went right through his chin,' said Prager, director of the Center for the Rehabilitation of Pain Syndromes at the University of California at Los Angeles. 'It was fascinating.'"
- ABC News
"Cridland insists he is not an illusionist and credits "a disciplined mind and meditative techniques" for getting him through the ordeal.
His performance art may shock and awe his cool urban audiences, but it's his theories on pain management that intrigue..."
-The Toronto Star 11-Oct-2007
"Cridland startled journalists by piercing a long skewer under his tongue and letting it pop out from under his chin. Amazingly, there was no sign of blood or trauma throughout the demonstration."
- Star Central Malasia
"...Zamora the Torture King, a Las Vegas-based performer who has entertained (and disturbed) audiences for years with his peculiar brand of showmanship.... Zamora's tolerance for pain was tested by Dr. Joshua Prager of the UCLA School of Medicine. According to Prager, Zamora's ability to withstand pain was 'off the charts,'..."
- Benjamin Radford writing in The Skeptical Inquirer Nov/Dec 2008
What people in show business have said:
"A vanguard of the modern sideshow revival…"
-Alex Stone in Fooling Houdini, Harper 2012
"Known all over the world as one of the most complete sideshow performers in history."
- Jim Rose of The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow
"The best there is, the best there was, the best that there will ever be...
a true living legend."
- Show promoter Doug Higley writing in Circus Report
"The only show of its kind in the world. Truly out-of-this-world."
- Ormond McGill, author of The Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism
What scientists have said:
"He is able to change what he experiences. Its not that the stimuli is not there, it's that the way that he processes them is different than you or I would."
- Joshua Prager, MD of The UCLA Pain Medicine Center
"As a scientist, it's a fascinating phenomenon."
-Dr. Kenneth Pelletier, Stanford University Medical Center
"The way you control your body's neurology is very fascinating. I think you have a lot to offer to the science community. I think it's completely amazing."
- Dr. Josh Handts, New York City