Penis puppeteer to pull a few stings at Sexpo

2009-02-06 00:00

So he does everyone from Boy George to George Bush - and even Kurt Darren - but what sets this puppeteer aside from all the others before him? Well, apart from his show's over-18s only age restriction, let's just say his puppets are more 'lifelike' than the average Pinocchio...

"It's much more fun playing with your winky than pulling on a couple of strings," said penis puppeteer, Tollie Terblanche (aka Richard Girth), when asked if he'd ever given regular puppeteering a shot.

Terblanche will be "stretching, twisting, squeezing and contorting" his family jewels to create a range of crazy characters and local and international landmarks at Durban Sexpo next weekend. "It is penile origami at its best," he said.

"Sexpo is great because I really am able to be myself and have fun. I love making people laugh and that's exactly what I will be doing on stage."

Forming one half of the Johannesburg-based two-man act, The Boerewors Brothers, Terblanche said that he started doing tricks with his 'winky' for his own amusement when he was younger and never really grew out of it.

Years on, he and childhood friend, Allan Length, took their 'trickery' to the main stage at last year's Joburg Sexpo 2008 - a fitting start for the pair of exhibitionists.

"The first time I walked on stage in South Africa to a crowd of a couple hundred people. I was nervous because I was not sure how the crowd would react, but when I saw everyone laughing and enjoying the show it got a lot easier," he said.

Terblanche admitted that he always gets nervous before a show - but he said, this fades away as soon as he hears laughter from the crowd. "I just try to relax and go with the flow. It's a huge rush being on stage doing tricks in front of thousands of people."

The act had received mixed responses locally in the past year - however, none have denied the hilarity of their stage antics. "The girls love it and clap and laugh, but it's the guys who are staring in amazement and mostly sharing my pain," he said.

Their show has raised quite a few eyebrows internationally too. "We have been invited on tour with our Australian counterparts. The whole world needs to see the original tollie twisters," he joked.

Although his other half will not be in the country over the Sexpo weekend, Terblanche assured that "[his] schlong" is long enough to entertain on its own.

"I am not a very shy person and have a rather good looking and well proportioned pecker, so I have no problems showing it off."

Visitors to the exhibition of all things sensual can look forward to a helping of the "local classic", Boerewors Roll - a trick he does with his "100% pure South African wors" and its next-door neighbours. And since the Taal Monument caused quite a stir in Joburg, he's been working on a whole host of Durban monuments to get the locals here roaring.

He said that he had never seriously injured himself during a performance (and had been assured by the family doctor that he never will), but did admit that after a long show "it" does hurt.

Terblanche always encourages guys to be adventurous and try the tricks out for themselves - just as long as they can stand the pain.

If you're interested in seeing him in action then catch a peek at the Durban Sexpo running until tomorrow at the Durban International Convention Centre. Tickets are available at Computicket.

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