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No, it is real glass read Todd Robbins post.
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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 Café. There's a lot of posts about it.

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I think stunts like this are not proper for a magician. Maybe for the circus or a fun show, but hardly for a magician.
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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.
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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.

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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Everyone here that knows me knows that I do both sideshow and magic professionally. So I always have mixed feelings on faking.

However there’ve 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 I’ll 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!). I’ll tell ya, the more that I get people the less that I understand them.
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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 Smile 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 Smile

Think outside the box, cos people are all thinking inside now!! - ClouDsss
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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.
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