Stomachs of Steel
http://www.mindbites.com/lesson/10520 for full video. Imagine swallowing 24 inches of cold, hard steel. One false move could spell instant death. This is real and it's deadly. Stomachs of Steel is an intriguing insight into the lives of sword swallowers, practitioners of the most mysterious and dangerous of all performance art. It follows the story of one man who aspires to join this elite subculture, and by using state-of-the-art x-ray technology goes deep inside the bodies of the fearless men and women who risk their lives for their art. Even among carnival people it's regarded as closer to stupid than brave. "Fire-eating, the nails in the nose, those are things that, when done right, can be safe," says swallower Tom Robbins. However sword-swallowing is stupidly dangerous."" So why do they do it? And how do they survive? To find out, Stomachs of Steel ventures deep inside both the sword-swallowing sub-culture and the performers themselves. This once-in-a-lifetime journey, using a minuscule camera attached to a sword and full motion x-ray fluoroscopy venture inside the bodies of those who perform this bizarre and dangerous act for a living. "