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A photo provided by Fakir Musafar of himself in a corset in 1959, when he was still known as Ronald Loomis. Musafar, a performance artist who practiced rituals like piercing and branding, believing they expanded consciousness and led to catharsis, died Aug. 1, 2018, at the age of 87. (Mark Madeo via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY OBIT MUSAFAR BY DANIEL E. SLOTNIK FOR AUG. 14, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --