National Geographic : 1955 Feb
© National Geographic Society 153 Kodachrome by Jean and Franc Shor, National Geographic Staff American Airmen Gaze Spellbound as a Performer Fondles a Cobra Bouhabi Rahali (left), who claims 92 years, entertains weekly at the Casablanca USO. As his assistant beats a tambourine, he releases his serpents one at a time and dodges their strikes. When a cobra rears in question-mark pose, Rahali leans over and kisses its head. After this performance he gave Jean Shor a newly shed cobra skin as a lucky piece and cautioned her to keep it in a safe place. These airmen come from near-by Nouasseur Air Base.