A Scottish accented voice greets the audience with "Good evening."
crowd buzzes with eager anticipation as the man onstage holds up a
light bulb, pops it in his mouth and...swallows it.
A bizarre phenomenon to the world of showbiz, Stevie Starr - The Regurgitator - baffles his audience by swallowing a variety of items, and then bringing them up again, not only dry and clean, but to order.
Whether it's large coins, Rubik's Cubes, or live goldfish, Starr never fails to return the items he swallows without injury to himself...or the fish. The idea may seem unbelievable, but after he ingests and returns a billiard ball, doubts will have to begin to give way. He swallows a ring, followed by a locked padlock and key; when he returns them, the ring is locked inside the padlock. He swallows numbered coins, and returns whichever number coin the audience requests: from one to ten, he produces the correct coin every time.
Stevie Starr spent the first 18 years of his life in a children's home in Glasgow, Scotland, and it was there he discovered his special talent. "I think I was about four when I started swallowing my pocket money," he says, "then I tried other things, like going out into the garden and swallowing a bumblebee, then bringing him back and letting him fly away."
Starr's television appearances in the U.S. include "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Arsenio Hall Show," "The Howard Stern Show" and - what else? - "That's Incredible!"