Stan Lee's Superhumans
Electro ManAired on Aug 05, 2010
Daniel Browning Smith, a man with Superhuman flexibility, travels to India to investigate a local legend that a man has developed immunity to electric current and can let it pass through his body, unharmed. Can anyone really be immune to electrocution? Daniel next meets Scott Flansburg, dubbed the “Human Calculator.” Scott can complex arithmetic (even square and cube roots) all in his head, faster than anyone on earth. Does his brain work in an entirely new way? Totally blind from birth, Juan Ruiz apparently visualizes the world using the same form of sonar used by bats and dolphins called echolocation. Juan demonstrates his incredible ability to Daniel by navigating around a complex course using only the echoes of his tongue clicks to guide him. Dennis Rogers is only 5ft 6″, but is pound for pound the strongest man in the world. He demonstrates his sheer strength bending hammers and horseshoes at will.
Killer PunchAired on Aug 12, 2010
Daniel is in Vegas to meet Bob Munden the planet’s fastest gunslinger, rumored to be faster than the blink of an eye, and with accuracy second to none. Using electromyography, and the fastest camera technology in the world, we investigate whether his speed goes beyond what science says is humanly possible. Timo Kaukonen is a World Sauna Champion and pushes his body to the limits. He has lasted for 16 minutes in temperatures hot enough to boil water. Daniel investigates to find out if he has a genetic difference that sets him apart. Warrior monk Shi Yan Ming shocked the world by moving to New York in 1992, marking the first time that a Shaolin monk has ever defected from China. By harnessing the power of Qi, or vital energy, he’s taken Bruce Lee’s infamous “one-inch punch” to a new level. “Professor Splash,” (aka Darren Taylor) is a world champion high-diver…with a difference. Daniel tries to find out how a man can survive a 35 foot belly flop into just one foot of water.
Hammer HeadAired on Aug 19, 2010
Daniel meets Dean Karnazes. He’s run 50 marathons in 50 days, and then ran 1300 miles back to the start. But how can Dean’s body not suffer the exhaustion and fatigue faced by everyone else on earth? John Ferraro is rumored to have a skull that can withstand sledgehammers, bowling balls and even jackhammers. Daniel investigates to find out if he has a genetic difference that makes his skull superhumanly strong. Chris claims to have incredible powers like that of the Marvel comic-book character “Destiny”; he believes that his dreams are a window into the future. But will Chris’ remarkable claims of premonitions stand up to the scrutiny of our host? Kenny Muhammad, aka “The Human Orchestra”, is the most extraordinary human mimic on the planet. This wizard of sound possesses an astounding ability that enables him to simultaneously generate an entire orchestra of sounds from his mouth.
Human Speed BumpAired on Aug 26, 2010
Daniel’s incredible journey continues, as he investigates Tim Cridland, who claims to be able to switch off pain. He demonstrates his ability to go beyond normal pain thresholds by impaling himself with skewers, with little or no bleeding. Derek Paravicini is a blind autistic man with an incredible “superhuman” gift. Derek can remember and accurate re-play any song he ever hears. Does his ability offer the world an insight into the power of the human brain? Jyothi Rai is known as India’s Spiderman–scaling walls at an unbelievable speed. Able to run up a six-story structure in just seconds, Jyothi has perfected his climbing technique by taking inspiration from monkeys. Last year in Milan, nine trucks weighing a total of over 30,000 lbs ran over Tom Owen in quick succession. How can his body survive such force? Daniel tests Tom’s abs to find out if he has the hardest muscles on earth.
Human WolfAired on Sep 02, 2010
Host Daniel Browning Smith heads to the Caribbean to meet Patrick Musimu, who’s able to dive to 656 feet on a single breath. Inspired by Stan Lee’s own Aqua Man, Patrick believes there is no limit to how far he can push his ability to withstand the enormous pressures associated with such depths. Next, it’s off to Brighton, England, where Miroslaw Magola claims to harnesses the power of psychokinesis, and can lift objects off the floor, transport them through the air and force them to stick to his body–all using the power of his mind. Still in the UK, Daniel heads to Devon, where it’s rumored that Shaun Ellis has become wolf, by living, sleeping, bathing and feeding with a deadly pack of wolves. Finally, in Norway, Daniel meets Eskil, who can perform incredible feats of balance in the face of danger.
Human Crash Test DummyAired on Sep 16, 2010
Isao Machii is a real life modern day samurai with unbelievable sword skills. But are his eyesight, accuracy, speed truly superhuman? To find out, Daniel asks him to attempt to cut a speeding rubber bullet in mid air. In Sacramento, Daniel meets Dr. Norman Gary, who can control an entire swarm of hundreds of thousands of bees. Steve Santini of Cornwell, Canada performs incredible escapes requiring dexterity and body control in the face of death. For most humans, the danger would leave us paralyzed with fear, so what sets Steve apart? Finally, meet human crash test dummy Rusty Haight, Rusty has suffered over a 1,000 car crashes. Statistically, Rusty should be in a wheelchair. Is he invincible, or the luckiest man alive.
Rubber Band ManAired on Sep 23, 2010
Daniel Browning Smith’s search for real life superhumans takes him to Wisconsin to meet Tim Friede. Tim has made himself a human guinea pig, allowing some of the world’s deadliest snakes to bite him and recording the results, to hopefully reduce the 20,000 deaths that are caused by snakebite annually throughout the world. Next, it’s off to Birmingham, Alabama to meet Dan Meyers–the best sword swallower in the world. In London, it’s an encounter of the elastic kind with Garry Stretch Turner, who claims to have the World’s stretchiest skin. Finally, meet the “Rocket man,” who can hit speeds of over 100 mph on his single wing flights, navigating with his eyes and steering with the movement of his body.
Jaw BreakerAired on Sep 30, 2010
Daniel heads to Chicago to meet “The Human Stun Gun”–a man who claims to be able to knock a man to the ground without touching him. Next, it’s off to Marrakech, Morocco to meet Salim Haini, dubbed, “the man who eats anything.” Watch him chow down on candles, plastic, strip lights, sawdust, nails, newspapers and more! In Texas, Daniel pits himself against Ron White, U.S. Memory Champion–whose brain operates like a supercomputer. Finally, meet Floridian Greg Poe, who claims to be able to withstand forces of up to 12G’s (fighter pilots are trained to withstand up to 9G’s).