By Laurie Pearson, Staff Writer
Former Fayetteville resident Jamie Keeton, more famously known now as The Can Head, has the ability to create a stir wherever he goes, and his visit to Fayetteville here recently was no different.
En route to the races in Talladega, he stopped by to see his mother, Debbie (Shattuck) Capino, here in Lincoln County, and, in doing so, visited The Times for an interview.
Because of his unique ability to stick objects to his head, Keeton has developed a huge following with fans from all walks of life over the past several years.
“I don’t picture myself as a celebrity,” said Keeton, smiling and explaining that he is one of four individuals in the world and the only individual in the United States with the ability. There are two people in India and another in South America to have the ability.
As a teen he moved to Lincoln County and attended the LCHS for one year where he played Falcon football until he injured his knee. He now lives in Chicago, Ill., where he owns a sign company, but his sideline is as “The Can Head”.
Unlike a juggler who balances items on his head, Keeton’s skin acts like a suction cup, holding aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles, and other objects. While at The Times, he demonstrated how a cell phone will stick to his head. He’s been dubbed by some as The Human Suction Cup and has a huge following on Facebook.
He explained that his body stays a constant 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pores in his skin take in a much higher quantity of oxygen than other human bodies do. What’s great about this is that his skin doesn’t wrinkle, he says with a smile.
About two decades ago, shortly after having his head shaved, Keeton accidentally discovered the ability, he said, explaining he was at a ball game, cooling his head with a cold drink, when one of the players hit a homerun. He threw up his hands and then realized, because of the people snickering around him, that the can was stuck to his head!
He soon realized that objects will not only stick to his head but also to his hands, back and stomach – “I can put a gallon of water on my stomach or on my back,” he said, noting that one of his goals is to set a world record. “I go to the grocery store and test things … then I can find out who I can promote.”
Two agents promote Keeton, lining him up with products to advertise, recruit him for parts in movies and to do movie promotions. For the past six years he’s been contracted to advertise products such as energy drinks, beer and other beverages, at numerous NASCAR events across the nation.
“People pay me to wear their products as a marketing tool,” Keeton said. As a matter of fact, The Can Head promotions have become a very profitable sideline for him.
Not only is Keeton is a hit with NASCAR celebrities and fans, he’s popular with comedians, movie stars, their fans, politicians, and just about anyone he meets. He has been asked to pose with Kevin Fowler, Dale Earnhardt, Adam Sandler, George Clooney, John Lovitz, Richard Petty, Jay Leno, Luke Bryan, the mayor of Chicago, and scores of others across the nation as well as in Ireland. He was a huge hit on the Ellen DeGeneres Show recently, pouring a drink from a can that was stuck to his head.
“I never go up to a celebrity – they go up to me,” he said. Celebrities, as well as ordinary people walking down the street want photos taken with him. And there have been thousands of photos taken of him with his fans.
Like his mom, Jamie enjoys being involved in the community. He loves doing fundraisers for a good cause.
Capino, the founder of the free Annual Bell’s Route Trail of Tears re-enactment and Living History on the square, will kick off the event marking the 175th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears with many other re-enactors for the event on Oct. 27 beginning at 10 a.m.
She jokingly suggested to her son that it might be a good idea for him to promote that event as well!