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MDS
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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.

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Todd Robbins
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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.
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Thank you Todd! I cringed when I read his post. (Including the "Geek" reference.)
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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.
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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."
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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.
Dan Monroe
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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,
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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
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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.

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I would prefere to eat a Neilson bottle. LOL!

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How does one's stomach handle glass?
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Slim Price
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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"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.

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darkp0is3n
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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.
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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.
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Gede Nibo
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Come on give me a hint....how to eat glass...thats "tasty"!!
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Yeah, I wonder about this one too. Are those real glasses? Or something that looks like glass..
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