Every week using mainly his hands but also armed with scissors, a knife and scalpel, Joao Teixeira de Faria, a self-styled Brazilian medium and "psychic surgeon", treats thousands of sick people who claim to be cured.
Among those who have sought the services of the healer known as "John of God" has been none other than Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the popular Brazilian ex-president, now said to be in remission from larynx cancer.
"I am going to cure you," de Faria told one young woman during a session in the small town of Abadiania in the central state of Goias. After going into a trance, he stuck a 4cm needle into the sole of her feet.
"Don't look, it's going to hurt," he warned her as he thrust the needle in several times.
The young woman apparently felt nothing and when it was over, the nearly illiterate faith healer flashed a big smile.
His patient, visibly moved, extols that she has just been cured from a chronic illness which doctors could not treat.