WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT ANYTHING YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ.
25 needles. A few feet of string.
You swallow them all.
Now, you must reproduce them, with the needles knotted to the string.
Only talented tummies need apply.
Before Harry Houdini toured the world as a great escape artist, he paid his dues performing at dime museums. During his time off, he would learn every skill he could from the other featured acts. He learned to juggle, which improved his hand-eye coordination. He studied flexibility with the contortionists, which enabled him to escape from tight spaces. And he learned how to regurgitate, just in case he was ever caught without a key.
To practice regurgitation, Houdini tied a ball to a string, held the string in one hand, and swallowed the ball. By pulling on the string, he was able to figure out which muscles he must constrict and relax in order to produce the ball with little pain.
Eventually, after much practice, Houdini was able to swallow the ball and regurgitate it without the use of a string. In his final show at New York’s Hippodrome, Houdini performed an amazing regurgitation trick for an audience of over 5,000 people.
After over a year of dedicated practice, Scott is now able to replicate Houdini’s needle trick. After a volunteer examines the string, the needles, and Scott’s person to make sure nothing is concealed, Scott swallows 35 sewing needles followed by a few feet of string. Before the audience’s eyes, Scott regurgitates the string with the needles magically knotted to it.
“I love the strong reaction this trick gets from the audience,” says Scott, “like my straitjacket escape, audiences are split between those who can’t look, and those who can’t turn away!”
STUNT WORK DISCLAIMER: Scott works extensively with trained professionals to ensure that he is well prepared to attempt his stunts successfully and safely. However, despite his precautions, there is a very real element of risk in all of Scott’s stunts. The stunts depicted and described on this website are extremely dangerous and should not be attempted by an individual who is not a trained, professional stunt performer.