Stevie Starr

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Stevie Starr
Born Stephen Wright
13th December 1962
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Occupation Professional regurgitator

Stevie Starr (born 1962) is a Scottish performance artist known for being a professional regurgitator.[1] In his act, he swallows various items, such as coins, lightbulbs, balloons, nails, billiard balls, dry sugar and goldfish, and then regurgitates them. He has never described exactly how this is done, and the implausibility of some of his regurgitations have led some to believe that he is an illusionist. Starr has a busy international touring schedule for his longer solo act. He has performed on the same bill with comedian John Oliver who talked about Stevie's act as part of a Late Show with Jimmy Fallon web exclusive segment called "Would You Rather: John Oliver".

Biography[edit]

During the first 19 years of his life, he grew up in an orphanage in Glasgow, Scotland. At the age of four, he discovered his talent of regurgitatation. He developed his talent by hiding his money from the other children and shoplifting sweets to later resale at school. He would also perform his talent in class by swallowing chalk.

Got Talent Appearances (2010-2015)[edit]

Britain's Got Talent[edit]

Audition[edit]

In April 2010, Starr auditioned for the fourth series of the British version. During his audition, he was swallowing numbered coins and a billiard ball and then regurgitating them on demand and in order. He progressed to the semi-finals.[2]

Semi-Finals[edit]

On May 2010, during the first semi-final episode of the series, he swallowed Amanda Holden's engagement ring, followed by a locked padlock and its key. He then regurgitated the padlock, which enclosed the engagement ring, followed by the key.[3] Starr finished in fourth place in the public vote and did not progress to the final.

Das Supertalent[edit]

In September 2010, he then performed on the 4th season of the German version of the show. He placed third in the semi-finals and advanced to the final. He finished in 7th place.[4][5]

Česko Slovensko má talent[edit]

In October 2011, he appeared on series 2 of the Czech and Slovak version of the show where he progressed to the final.

Italia's Got Talent[edit]

In October 2013, Starr appeared on series 4 of the Italian version of the show where he progressed to the semi-finals.

La France a un incroyable talent[edit]

In January 2015, he appeared on series 9 of the French version of the show where progressed to the final. He finished in 4th place.

America's Got Talent[edit]

Audition[edit]

In June 2015, He appeared as a season 10 contestant on NBC's America's Got Talent. His audition consisted of swallowing four numbered coins. He then "regurgitated" them on demand, first a single coin and then two coins at once. He then swallowed a light bulb, regurgitated the last coin, and then released the light bulb. He soon swallowed powdered sugar, drank a glass of water and gurgled it in his mouth, and finally regurgitated the still dry sugar onto a plate that host Nick Cannon was holding. Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending Stevie to the Judge Cuts Week round.

Judge Cuts Week[edit]

In August 2015, during Judge Cuts Week 4, Starr swallowed a tiny tomato, then a razor blade. He then vowed to use his stomach muscles to cut the tomato into two halves, and then regurgitate it back up, blade and all. He then swallowed some dollar coins, each marked with a letter, and based on the order picked by the judges, was able to bring each one back up correctly. To retrieve the last letter coin, he successfully used a chip clip. He received praise from all the judges, except for special guest judge Piers Morgan. At the end of the episode, Starr found out he was one of the seven acts who made it through to the live shows at Radio City Music Hall.

Quarterfinal Round[edit]

Live from Radio City Music Hall on August 25th 2015, Starr took Heidi Klum's borrowed ring worth a half a million dollars and swallowed it. He then swallowed a lock and the lock's key. He used his stomach to unlock the lock with the key, put the ring in the lock, lock the lock, and regurgitated the lock with Heidi's ring around it. He then swallowed a pool ball which allowed the key to float up so that Heidi could unlock the lock and he later regurgitated the pool ball.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The mystery of the human regurgitator". BBC. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  2. ^ Fletcher, Alex (2010-05-29). "In Full: 'Britain's Got Talent' Top 40 - Britain's Got Talent News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  3. ^ "Semi-final 1". Britain's Got Talent. Series 4. 31 May 2010. ITV. ITV1. 
  4. ^ "TV talent act prompts complaints". BBC. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  5. ^ Allesschlucker Stevie Starr verblüfft in der dritten Castingshow[dead link], RTL. 3 October 2010 (German)

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