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Hi all,

I wonder if anyone here who has any experiece in sword swallowing and/or the balloon from nose to mouth stunt can give me some pointers in overcoming the gag reflex?

Or is it just a matter of tickling the throat everyday until the reflex fades?

ANY pointers would be appreciated.

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Hi Duncan,

Yep, I'm afraid that's all that's required— persistence. I can do balloon through nose and mouth ok now but have a bit to go with sword swallowing.

The reflex does fade after a while— a popular way of working on it is to work it three times in a row, three times a day. PM me if you want more.

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One of the worlds greatest sword swallowers, Captain Don Leslie, once said when you can fit your entire fist down your throat without gagging you are ready to try a small sword.

I can honestly say it took me nearly two years to feel confident about it by slowly working on it. Also don't forget that it's easy to work on your gag reflex at least twice a day when brushing your teeth. Good luck and please be careful. I also recommend kung fu swords known as Sai as they look amazing and have round or octaganal blades i.e. no pointy bits.
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Hi all

Thanks for the advice. There is, as I suspected, no easy way around it. Smile

The tooth brushing idea is a good one. But twice a day? Surely once a week is more than enough! Unless you are one of those fools that has fallen for all the absurd propaganda the dentists will have you believe, don't you know those guys are in league with the government?

Love the Sai idea by the way. And there are a couple on eBay right now... hmmmmmm...!

This making yourself gag all the time is NOT FUN! Still, it's all for a good cause. I am sure I will get there eventually.

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Here's a tip ... when you practice put your head back as far as you can, and open your mouth as wide as it will go. Later you can modify this but in the beginning it will help. Another thing is not to anticipate gagging.

For your sore throat, the premium cure is Horehound drops. Tyr to get the real thing, not the candy. If you can (I can) try to control your throat muscles. You probably will be able to open your throat all the way to the upper sphincter of your duodenum. You can also use this for regurgitating. I can't tell you how, you just need to do it! As in all sideshow stuff, mind-set is the main secret.

For the human blockhead, a nail that fills the passage is best, probably 60d.

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Hi Duncan...

One of the best ways to help to condition your throat is to gargle with warm salt water before practice. Also, you may want to try swallowing a tablespoon of olive oil after gargling. Do this before every practice until you can begin to eliminate the gargling and oil little by little. Everyone is different in their time frame. But as stated above...keep-on, keeping-on!

Continued success...

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Go to FISM and watch every single competitor. If you can endure this, your gag reflex will be gone forever. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Smile
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There's a long and professional thread about this at...

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Once you overcome the gag reflex, is it gone forever? That is, is a sword swallower incapable of inducing vomiting?
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Vomiting can easily be induced, but why would you want to? <G>

Without practice, the gag reflex returns, and it's never really gone, just controlled.

There is an extensive website on the net, that you can find with a search. "Site seers" can access parts of it, but you must be registered to go to the "inside." Also there are many references to ALL the sideshow arts at
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One way I found is to take liquid Golden seal. I don't do sword swollowing, but at least I don't gag. Smile
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I was a student at the Coney Island Sideshow school earlier in the year. Sword swallowing was taught and I picked it up quite easily. The first sword that I got was a goddess sword. The blade is about 17" long and quite thin. Do a search for short swords or daggers on the net. You'll find something. But be sure to check the measurements with the dealer. Also, make sure you dull the point and the blade before you go sticking it down your throat.
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sanscan you said

"Vomiting can easily be induced, but why would you want to?"

Let's just say your baking cookies and while nobody is looking you take a huge hunk of raw cookie dough and eat it. It tastes good but an hour later you're sick and would love to puke. Now you could either sit around forever next to the toilet thinking "god I will never eat raw cookie dough again" or you could tickle the back of your throught and get the ordeal over with.

This is a trick my dad taught me.

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If you develop sufficient control of your throat muscles, you can vomit at will anyway. I've been able to do this since I was a kid. Doesn't anyone really work their body anymore?
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WOW I would love to see that!
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There used to be a wrestler called Darren Drozdoff who worked for the WWE who could do that. When he first started they were going to call him puke and his gimmick was to be that he would throw up on his opponent during matches. Smile They never ended up doing it for obvious reasons— pity, I would have LOVED to have seen that!

He ended up wrestling as Droz, and was tragically crippled in a match a few years ago.

Just thought it was worth mentioning since this thread was going that way anyway!

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I saw something by Droz a few days ago on the WWE website. He is working for them again and has control of the upper half of his body. I didn't see anything that mentioned him being able to walk or wrestle, but he is making significant strides in getting better.
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Well I think blowing chunks, is gross. Why on earth would anyone want to do it.... as far as sword swallowing, I was told once to start with cooked spagetti, then raw spagetti, and work your way from there.
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Cooked spagetti breaks too easily, but I suppose it could help to overcome the gag reflex.

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I think you mean RAW DRY spagetti. Anyhow, my husband sanscan and I teach this, basically for nothing in El Cajon, CA. If you can make it down here, we'll be glad to show you how.

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