Getting Into Swallowing Needles: A Collaborative Effort

“The East Indian Needle Trick” is what Houdini typically called it. How to adapt it for a three-minute webisode with actress Rebecca Liddiard and magician Scott Hammell was our challenge. We had many ideas for setting the stage of this episode: filming it on-location in a tailor’s shop, a tattoo parlor, etc. Ciara Vernon, our talented production designer, came up with the great solution we chose in the end. She and her team created a needle and thread art installation on set. It was beautiful to watch and walk through this piece of art. You’ll see Rebecca collect needles from this virtual hanging forest of sharp metal in the clip below. Then, you’ll see Scotty swallow them:

*P.S. You can catch the latest Houdini & Doyle TV episode tonight at 9/8c on FOX and GlobalTV

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