Regurgitator returns to campus

Courtesy of Student Union Board

Courtesy of Student Union Board

Emily Benda

Stevie Starr is doing something no one else can. He swallows everyday objects and literally regurgitates them back up. 

“I lived in a children’s home in Scotland and used to swallow my pocket money to hide it from other children. From then I just found I had a talent and kept doing it,” Starr said. 

Starr has been performing various acts of swallowing and regurgitating for over 30 years. He travels all over the world, to places like South America and Europe, to America.

“I like the reaction, whether I’m swallowing something or bringing it back up,” Starr said. 

One of Starr’s most well-known acts is swallowing a Rubik’s cube and bringing it up completely solved and dry. There is no magic or secret involved, just the use of Starr’s stomach muscles. 

“I never practice, it’s a natural ability. I’ve never had a problem before. I absolutely don’t recommend other people try it, though,” Starr said.

Starr recalled a time where one of his audience members did attempt to mimic his performance.

“I was performing at a night club in Ireland and one idiot tried to swallow his change. He nearly choked to death,” Starr said. 

Starr has performed at Iowa State during Veishea in the past, with the exception of last spring, and has been easy to work with for Student Union Board. Starr was asked to return to campus this fall by the Student Union Board Special Events Committee. 

“He is something that is unique and we are trying to offer a variety of entertainment,” said Deanna Le, special events director of SUB. 

Starr said he is looking forward to coming back to Iowa State.

“It should be cool, usually a very full crowd,” Starr said. 

Starr will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show is free.