Emily Sobel, world’s youngest snake charmer, dances with serpents and wows …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Apr 29, 2012 in Rat News | Subscribe

Emily Sobel is such a consummate performer that she didn’t stop dancing even after her partner, Rajnesh, bit her.

Rajnesh is a snake — a 3-foot-long Indian Trinket snake.

Emily was only 5 years old.

“After she got bit, she didn’t cry or anything,” said proud father Heath Sobel. “She comes out and she sees me and says ‘Dad, my snake bit me,’ and then she started crying.

“I said what did you do? Did you drop the snake? She said no, ‘I put it around my neck. I didn’t want to hurt the snake. It didn’t bite me on purpose.’”

Emily explained to her visitor, “He bit me because there were rats.” The biting was two years ago, in Emily’s first show, at the annual Pet Pageant in Coney Island. “My friend had pet rats. So my snake bit me right over the vein.”

Fortunately there were not such mishaps last weekend as 7-year-old Emily, appearing as her stage persona, Serpentini, worked 16 weekend shows — eight each on Saturday and Sunday — as the Congress of Curious People held its annual Super Freak Weekend at  the Sideshows by  Seashore in Coney Island.

“We’re so lucky and so happy to bring you this next performer,” the tattooed announcer barked from the stage. “She is the world’s youngest snake charmer and snake dancer. Please make her feel loved, make her feel welcome and make some noise for Serpentini ladies and gentleman.”

Emily takes the stage holding Baller, a 31/2- foot Ghost Corn Snake, draped across both outstretched arms.

To a driving rock beat and cheers of the 10-member audience drawn there on a rainy Sunday, Emily and Baller danced across the stage for about a minute.

Emily’s stage name Serpentini pays homage to Serpentina, the Coney Island Boardwalk’s resident snake charmer/dancer, said Emily’s mother, Stacy Sobel.

Emily has been around serpents all of her life. Heath Sobel, 39, had snakes before Emily — the couple’s only child — was born.

“Snakes are easy to keep, they don’t shed, and you feed them once a week,” he said.

“They do shed!” Emily interjects.

“They don’t shed hair,” the dad said. “You can keep them anywhere. Your landlord doesn’t even need to know you have them.”

“They are very easy to take care of,” Emily said.

At the moment the Sobels keep five snakes in their Brooklyn home. Besides Ghostface, the corn snake, and Rajnesh, there is Baller, the bull python, King Venom, a Reverse California King Snake, and two Florida Amel King Snakes named Moe and Icicle.

The latter three run over 5-feet long each, making them too large for Emily to work with. She also has a hamster, fish and a snail in at home.

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