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Unlike the traditional Needle Swallow, Wayne utilizes a new method which allows the volunteer to hold the string as the needle is retrieved.
The string never leaves sight.



From Coin in Soda Can to Indecent, Ellusionist has sold tens of thousands of Wayne Houchin's creations. Wayne has a unique way of thinking and his routines are the justification of the words, "perfectly executed".

Magic challenges the assumptions we have about what is or isn’t possible. Shock magic is particularly interesting in this regard because it affects a unique range of emotions, bridging the gap between magic and the impossible feat.

Unlike card tricks or coin tricks, the needle swallow is something that seems somehow.. real.

There’s a simplicity to this version of the needle swallowing that we think, surpasses all those that have come previously. One needle is swallowed, a volunteer holds a piece of thread, and essentially fishes it out. The story the audience is presented with is clear, and absolutely insane.

"Wayne's take on the classic needle swallow is smart, streamlined and powerful. It's like finding a needle in a Houchin haystack!"
- Lee Asher

"Wayne Houchin is one of the most talented and effective magicians in the world. His magic simply mesmerizes and A Single Needle is no exception."
- Aaron Fisher

Full Overview

From the age of 12 Wayne has been obsessed with Houdini’s ‘East Indian Needle Mystery’ - commonly known as ‘the needle swallow’. His first effects involved toothpicks tied to thread and the swallowing of uncooked spaghetti - but from inauspicious beginnings came the stage version he performs in his stage show, involving 60 needles over a 12 minute routine.


After closing his stage show with the full version for years, Houchin stripped the trick down in order to discover what makes needle swallowing so effective. He distilled the effect down even further, to what has become A Single Needle and knew that the effect had become an impromptu street classic.


While Wayne has made every effort to create the safest version of this effect possible, there is some risk of injury involved. Multiple methods are discussed that heighten the illusion of danger while substantially lessening the actual danger to the performer.

By purchasing and/or performing the effects on this DVD, you acknowledge that performance of any method is at your own risk.

Fast List

  •             •   Unique handling means the thread never disappears from sight.
  •             •   No gimmicks - needle, spool and thread and you're ready to perform.
  •             •   Multiple versions taught including a "For the Faint of Heart" method.
  •             •   Cherries and Giant Cupcake not Included.

This is not an effect that can be missed. Order 'A Single Needle' Now.