The sideshow takes center stage when the Enigma (also known as that guy who's, like, covered in jigsaw puzzle tattoos) and his partner Serana Rose visit Synapsis Studio in Eureka on Saturday with their Showdevils act. Ever see a guy drive a nail through his tongue? Would you like to? Then show up at 10 p.m. with $10 and a strong stomach for some post-Vaudeville music and stunts that make the guys from Jackass look like, well, jackasses. And if you need to see weird tricks with straws and sinus passages one more time, the wince-inducing duo is at Nocturnum on Tuesday at 9 p.m. for another $10.
Frankly, the mystery wrapped in a riddle and tattooed in a puzzle that is the Enigma draws a crowd just standing around. Feel free to stare when he signs copies of the new Ripley's Believe it or Not book (that's his mug on the cover) at Northtown Books on Saturday at 10 a.m. Jealous of his inked-up hide? Don't hate. Make an appointment and the Enigma will tattoo his signature puzzle piece on you himself. It's a start.