The 31-year-old Australian downed the 28in
swords in front of Sydney Opera House.
After setting the new world record, he said:
"Wow, I did it, it feels good, thank you very much, it feels
really good actually."
'Itís amazing - Iím really happy.
Itís definitely one of my greatest achievements so far,' he
commented after setting the record.
Hultgren calls the feat "an educated risk"
that he is able to do by using hoses to stretch his throat.
Hultgren is the only person in the world to swallow
more than 13 blades simultaneously. The sword-eater said he
started his dangerous hobby when he was 16 and had used different
techniques to prepare his body, including stretching his throat
"I don't just straight away grab 18 blades
and shove them down my throat," he says. "You've got to practice
a lot and build up to it."
'I waited a few years until I'd got
it perfect and then I moved on to using stainless steel blades,'
he explained. 'It's not dangerous when you know how to do
it, but it's not something that's recommended by my doctor.
So what is the secret?
Constant training with the device that
he started out with - a garden hose. And, of course, learning
not to gag.
'I stretch my throat with hoses and use a few
different techniques to basically enable me to do what, until
now, has been impossible. 'For this feat today I've been training
a lot, doing a lot of meditation. I've learned how to control
my muscles and my internal organs.'
He said: ďIíve been preparing for this since
I was 16.Ē
But he had a few words of warning for wannabe
sword swallowers: ďKids Ė donít try this at home.Ē Related world records: