The art of contortion consists of writhing, twisting, stretching, and bending movements under control and executed in a pleasing and surprising manner.
People have always admired contortion. From Egypt to China to Greece over thousands of years, contortionists first mastered the exercise then created tricks and acts to accompany their routine.
Contortionists have total control over one's body throughout an extreme range of motion that is required for one to master the skills necessary for extreme performance.
Stage tricks and Hollywood exercises are based on contortion as performed by buskers, professionals, and in the circus. It is a hidden agenda in many professional magic shows including such talents as David Copperfield and the late Doug Henning.
Rest assured these contortionists are long toothed in the practicing art of yoga and other body diciplines.