An Italian doctor and his ‘magic flute’

An Italian doctor and his ‘magic flute’


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2021

From the London Times today:

Giovanni Miniello, 68, from the southern Italian city of Bari, referred to his penis as a “magic flute” that he claimed could cure women suffering from the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, a cause of cervical cancer.

Is that what Mozart had in mind?


  • Elsie says:

    Reminds me when I was on the ward at the hospital where I work; I pointed out to a colleague a patient, and said, “ do you know he has the word ‘so’ tattooed on his willy?”. ‘That’s funny”, she said, “when I saw it, it read Sarastro”.

  • BRUCEB says:

    Knowing what we know about Mozart’s sense of humor, he would almost certainly have gotten a kick out of the reference. “Hey there cutie, wanna play a tune on my ‘magic flute’?”

    (Not sure what he would have thought about the cervical cancer side of things though)

  • Darrell says:

    This is the complete documentary (26’19”) with abundant hidden camera filming. In italian, obviously:

  • John Borstlap says:

    I wanted to say something outrageous here but I’m not allowed because it’s during working time.