A Scottish accented voice says “Good Evening”, the crowd buzzes with eager anticipation, the young man holds up a light bulb, pops it into his mouth and swallows it. The stunned audience erupts into deafening applause as he regurgitates the light bulb. It is the beginning of themost astonishing act youwill ever see. Abizarre phenomenon to theworld of showbiz, this ginger haired, slightly built thirty-eight year old baffles his audience by swallowing a variety of items and then bringing themback up again, not only dry and clean, but……..TOORDER!!
Whether it be large coins, Rubic’s cubes, ladies rings or live goldfish, Stevie never fails to return them without injury to himself or the fish! The idea may seem unbelievable, but after Stevie has smoked a cigarette without exhaling any smoke and then injested and returned a billiard ball, all doubts give way to wonder, excitement and applause from an audience that cannot believe its eyes.
“Just tell me when you’d like some smoke”, says Stevie;“Would you like all of it or half of it? Or how about putting it into a soap bubble?” Next to disappear down Stevie’s throat is aminiatureRubic’s cube andwhen he returns it – SURPRISE – all the rows have been turned. Among the other amazing stunts Stevie performs is swallowing a bowl-ful of dry sugar, followed by a glass or two of water and then bringing the sugar back bone dry. Or how about swallowing a gentleman’s ring, followed by a locked padlock and the key and returning themwith the ring locked inside the padlock! Maybe the stunned audience would like a card trick (swallowed, of course) before Stevie swallows two live goldfish, only to return them unharmed at the end of the show (having drunk enough water to keep them swimming happily inside). For television shows, Stevie can swallow numbered coins and return whatever number the audience requests. Fromone to ten, he produces the correct coin every time! Stevie Starr spent the first eighteen years of his life in a children’s home inGlasgow and it was there that he discovered his own very special talent. “I think I was about four when I started swallowing my pocket money”, says Stevie, “and then I tried other things like going out into the garden and swallowing a bumble bee and then bringing him back and letting him fly away”. A stunt he repeated many years later on his second appearance on theAmericanTVshow“GuinnessBookOfWorldRecords”. The resulting show is one of rare distinction and a delight to all ages. PaulDaniels described himas the most exciting act that he’d had on his show.