The Man who could Smoke Through His Eyes, Meet Alfred Langevin

Updated: Jul 7


Alfred Langevin was the man who could smoke a pipe through his eyes. He lived in Detroit, Michigan, during the 1930s. Langevin appeared not only in Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not cartoons but also in Ripley’s renowned Odditorium from 1933 to 1940 and even on the 1933 Odditorium postcard.


Mr. Langevin could also blow up balloons and play a recorder with his eye socket. It should be noted that Mr. Langevin did indeed have two natural, functioning eyes. The reason for his unusual ability remains unknown but is likely related to an anomaly in the development of his tear gland. This rare tear gland defect is responsible for the Guinness Book record of “squirting milk from the eye.” The record is currently held by Mike Moraal of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The record is for distance, and Mike managed 8.745 feet in 2001.