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Topic: Eating Glass
Message: Posted by: MDS (Oct 16, 2004 09:10PM)
I always thought that this was a very dangurous stunt, but I was talked into doing it by a geek friend of mine and It turns out that it isn't. I wouldn't do it all of the time, but it really does freak people out.

Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Oct 16, 2004 11:16PM)
You know, I hear that russian roulette game can be fun too, if you don't kill yourself. So, you dodged a bullet by eating glass and not dying and now you think you know everything? I don't know who your 'friend' is that convinced you to eat glass because it's not dangerous, but this friend is wrong. If you don't know the work on glass eating....DON'T DO IT. The statement you made in your post shows to me that you and your friend have no idea what it's all about. Stay away from this stunt.
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Oct 17, 2004 02:25AM)
Thank you Todd! I cringed when I read his post. (Including the "Geek" reference.)
Message: Posted by: Jnana (Oct 17, 2004 12:52PM)
I do very little glass eating, but still people who have never seen me do it talk as if I can eat the tops of bottles as I am drinking from them. I save this for when I really feel it will make the impression I want. Part of the reason is that Slim (HI Slim)highly suggested I should look into what the things I do, do to me. Thanks Slim, grown ups don't regrow teeth and dental work is very expensive.
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Oct 17, 2004 01:56PM)
Just an afterthought... At 70, I ought to be the poster-boy for NOT doing sideshow acts. I have many physical diabilities and I think most of them can be traced in some way to the lifestyle and acts. It turned out that "It CAN happen to me."
Slim Price
Message: Posted by: darkp0is3n (Oct 17, 2004 08:41PM)
I have eaten glass before, it dosen't give me a thrill. Sure it freaks people out, but it dosen't give me a rush like some things do. And it is VERY dangerous, so I don't do at all really.
Message: Posted by: Dan Monroe (Oct 18, 2004 11:06AM)
Tomas Medina shows a great safe and tasty way to perform this on his new geek magic DVD. If you want to do this stunt, this is the way. Remember its not what your doing, its what your crowd thinks your doing that really matters. And remember its not worth hurting yourself just to get a reaction from people. You make a living from performing and its pretty hard to perform from a hospital bed or worse.

Be safe,
Message: Posted by: ns (Oct 18, 2004 04:14PM)
Although being a magician I feel that it's the effect that counts I still hate to see someone fake a sideshow stunt. I just feel that it's not fair to those who have spent the time to learn how to do it right. Although glass eating can be faked it reminds me of those collapsable swords that are around for sword swallowing. Basically takes something serious and makes it a joke. Just my $0.02
Message: Posted by: Dan Monroe (Oct 18, 2004 06:25PM)
Hey I'm not taking anything away from side show performers. There are some great ones out there and I love to watch em. But if you look back on the history of side shows you will find a lot of things that were faked and that didn't keep people from coming to watch.

Message: Posted by: Steve Dela (Oct 20, 2004 07:47AM)
I would prefere to eat a Neilson bottle. LOL!

Steve Dela
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (Oct 20, 2004 12:11PM)
How does one's stomach handle glass?
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Oct 20, 2004 12:57PM)
Actually it doesn't! Glass is inert, and is not affected by any of the stomach's processes. In fact as with other inert materials, in some cases it can "hang up" and cause severe bowel impactions. No fun, I can assure you from personal experience. Unless the glass is chewed to powder size (Your dentist will love you!) it can cause damage through the whole digestive system. 'Way back then, eating bananas or sliced bread was thought to "insulate the stomach." Think for a bit, the bread Etc. is digested, the glass is still there...
I guess wanting to do this is a choice. but in my opinion you need to get a pretty good fee so that you can spread it out among the doctors.
Slim Price
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Nov 11, 2004 05:40PM)
I never ate glass but I did acidentially swallow a steel ball bearing once. It seemed like I could feel it roll all the way down. After that experience I swallow only what digests.
Message: Posted by: darkp0is3n (Nov 15, 2004 06:53PM)
Lol, I swollowed a hole barbell one time, I had it in my mouth after takeing it out of my ear and I coughed and bye bye barbell, I felt the same experience a tickling pressure rolling all the way down my throat.
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Nov 16, 2004 12:37AM)
When I was a kid I used to swallow Concord (rather large) grapes and bring them back up whole. This paid off for me later, in controlling all the muscles in my throat to the point that I could make a free passage through the sphinters clear to my stomach. It helped greatly when I started sword swallowing and regurgitating.
Message: Posted by: Dr_Stephen_Midnight (Nov 16, 2004 04:31AM)
"Although being a magician I feel that it's the effect that counts I still hate to see someone fake a sideshow stunt. I just feel that it's not fair to those who have spent the time to learn how to do it right. Although glass eating can be faked it reminds me of those collapsable swords that are around for sword swallowing. Basically takes something serious and makes it a joke. Just my $0.02"

Is a question of 'fairness' worth the potential injury or death a human being? I don't think so, and am in good company with such 'late greats' as Eddie Joseph and Lester Lake.

In "Magic and Mysteries of India," Eddie describes both a real and fake method for inserting a stick into the eye socket. He recommends the fake method. As he states, "While you may substitute another trick, you may NOT substitute another EYE."

Japanese 'miracle workers' did a form of 'boiled alive' stunt that was not very spectacular, but risked severe scalding. Lester Lake performed a far more spectacular and uncanny version of being boiled alive that reduced real risk to a negligible level. Given the two methods, I would readily recommend Lester's method and not worry about 'fairness' to the Japanese miracle men who took the real risk.

Also, in theory, there are 'real' and 'fake' ways of getting out of handcuffs underwater. I've never heard of any intelligent performer trying to do it the 'real' way...including Houdini.

Message: Posted by: darkp0is3n (Nov 16, 2004 05:27PM)
I can keep food in the upper part of my throat and bring it back up but not very far back, it has freaked people out doing it with jewelry and **** that I keep in my mouth when I have no where else to hold it. I have allways wanted to learn how to control my throat muscles enough to regurgitate food but never put much thought into it, also I don't really want to choke and die at such a younge age.
Message: Posted by: MetalBender (Dec 11, 2004 03:07AM)
It's along the same lines as spitting fire. You can use diesel fuel (believe it or not, despite the risk I know performers that do this) or you can salt grain alchohol and use that. While the grain alchohol is still not the safest thing ever, it's a lot safer than the diesel. When it comes to sideshow stunts, it's better to use your head. I "eat" glass on a regular basis because it is an effective stunt and it fits in well with my persona. I use Medina's method, because while I have heard the actual method to eat real glass, I also would rather not take the risk of shuffling off this mortal coil due to internal bleeding. Sure some people have gone to all the leangths to learn "The true way to do it" but at great personal risk, something not worth it to advance my carear one iota.
Message: Posted by: Gede Nibo (Dec 11, 2004 11:04AM)
Come on give me a hint....how to eat glass...thats "tasty"!!
Message: Posted by: True-Gossiper (Dec 11, 2004 12:30PM)
Yeah, I wonder about this one too. Are those real glasses? Or something that looks like glass..
Message: Posted by: TAIT (Dec 11, 2004 02:09PM)
No, it is real glass read Todd Robbins post.
Message: Posted by: jennieprice (Dec 12, 2004 11:38AM)
Although it can be done with fake glass, Todd and others do it for real, mainly with lightbulbs. I suggest that if you really want to destroy your insides that badly, send a PM to Todd and he may tell you. Either that or do a search here at the Cafť. There's a lot of posts about it.

Message: Posted by: Marco S. (Dec 14, 2004 08:51AM)
I think stunts like this are not proper for a magician. Maybe for the circus or a fun show, but hardly for a magician.
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Dec 14, 2004 11:06AM)
You are right. Eating glass is not "proper" for a magician to do. It can be done for real without deception, so it is not a magic trick. I try to keep magic and sideshow skills separated so the skills are not tainted by the association with trickery.

I may have misunderstood your post if this is not what you meant. If you think that somehow "magic" is somehow in a class above sideshow skills, then I have to disagree.

If done well sideshow skills can instill a very deep sense of wonder in an audience. Because there is no deception, that level of wonder can be far greater and most magic tricks.

That's one of the things I go for when performing this and other sideshow skills. I also try to perform these skills with a element of class and enough humor to make it a rewarding experience for all audiences. As the old song said, "Taint what you do, it's the way that you do it".

It also pleases me when I'm on a bill with magicians, because it's hard to follow a guy eating glass and hammering a nail into his nose. Plucking birds out of your coat or doing card tricks pale in comparison.
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Dec 14, 2004 02:08PM)
Bravo, Todd! I remember the kick I used to get being the "variety act" at magic conventions... Almost from the beginning I mixed magic and sideshow in my acts, keeping them subtly apart. Transition is an important part of any presentation. Substance is the most important part of any show.
Message: Posted by: Magicmatt1982 (Dec 27, 2004 12:35PM)
Does anyone know anything about adrew maynes eat a light builb. He has come out with it a.If you have send me a pm
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Dec 27, 2004 02:22PM)
I haven't seen Andrew Mayne's lightbulb eating. I will add something I posted in on another thread. I've eaten more than four thousand lightbulbs. Every time I have done it, at the beginning of the routine almost everyone in the audience thinks it's fake. I try to win them over to accept the fact that what they are watching is real, but many will still not buy it. People work very hard to explain that which they don't want to accept. So, just know that if you are doing this in a gaffed way, you will be fooling no one.
Message: Posted by: MagicTaylor (Dec 27, 2004 02:59PM)
Maybe a magician could eat glass with a signature on it and then restore the glass somehow with the sig still on there! Glass eating can be for every performer-- not just circus people. Its definately not for me though.
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Dec 27, 2004 03:18PM)
Magic tricks are for magicians,glass eating is a show stunt for show people.To mix and mingle is to detract from the impact of this effect.If any magician disagrees with this statement I shall go around to their house and bite the head off of their doves.
Message: Posted by: Dr_Stephen_Midnight (Dec 27, 2004 03:55PM)
When the Queen City Mystics did their Ghost Show, one of our performers did the steel trap stunt, blockhead, and glass eating (light bulb). Yes he DID actually chew and swallow the glass.
Message: Posted by: MattTheKnife (Jan 30, 2005 03:46PM)
Everyone here that knows me knows that I do both sideshow and magic professionally. So I always have mixed feelings on faking.

However thereíve been a few times in which people thought that what I was doing was the opposite and it just KILLED ME. So I figure that Iíll toss out a couple of those.

I was at this University in New England giving a lecture. And during it I demonstrated a point by performing the Human Pin Cushion. Now I'm not talking about the fake Harry Anderson Hat Pin type, I mean the REAL sideshow stunt... so I was squiring myself here. Anyway, the week prior there was a special on NBC, "Psychic Secrets Revealed" (I think that was the one anyway), and on it they demonstrated the fake version of the needle through the arm bit and explained how it was accomplished. At the time I didn't know this. So afterwards I have audience members coming up to me and "explaining" just how I did it. I point out the whole in my arm and ask them how that can be the way that it is. So one guy replies, "Oh my, that is a rather convincing effect! But the color of the blood is too dark." I could have lost it right there!!!

The other one that always confounds me is that while they commonly don't believe that the sword that I'm swallowing is real they WILL believe that my Mentalism is real when I perform that (Even though I say that it's NOT!). Iíll tell ya, the more that I get people the less that I understand them.
Message: Posted by: ClouDsss (Jan 31, 2005 09:34PM)
The method to eat glass is taught in a book called swami mantra

however, the eating is real and only certain glass is recommended. Finally, having said that, the hazards are real :) you stand the riskof puncturing something inside when you eat it so I wont recommend doing it

Its mainly Geek magic maybe? We should jus stick with Ice cubes instead :)

Message: Posted by: Harley Newman (Feb 1, 2005 05:15AM)
Swami-Mantra is a great resource. However, the instructions usually leave a bit to be desired. Find somebody who knows the work inside and out, and talk them into teaching you.