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A Single Needle by Wayne Houchin (DVD) A completely new and unique take on the classic needle swallow. NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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"Wow. This is sure to be a modern classic. It's absolutely sensational and completely fooled me." -Andy Nyman

"A Single Needle is smart, streamlined and powerful. It's like finding a needle in a Houchin haystack" -Lee Asher

"Wayne is one of the most talented and effective magicians in the world. His magic simply mesmerizes and this is no exception!" -Aaron Fisher

The performer swallows a needle, wraps a length of thread around a volunteer’s finger and places the other end in his mouth. He slowly eats the thread, eventually backing away to reveal the needle impossibly tied onto the string.

A Single Needle is Wayne Houchin’s take on the classic needle swallowing effect. SIMPLE , CLEAR and absolutely INSANE, Houchin has distilled the effect down to it's very essence.

What makes this version unique is that Wayne utilizes a brilliant new method which allows the volunteer to hold the string as the needle is retrieved.


  • Clever and unique handling keeps the thread visible at all times
  • Multiple methods taught
  • Create the illusion of a VERY dangerous situation
  • NO GIMMICKS


Multiple techniques are discussed that enhance the illusion of danger while keeping the effect as safe as possible.

Although Wayne has taken every step possible to create the safest version of this effect, there will always be some risk of injury. Purchasers and/or performers of this effect assume all risks involved.

THIS IS BIZARRE. UNUSUAL. INCREDIBLE.

Wonder Awaits.



DVD features live performance, interviews and a detailed explanation. 40 minutes.

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5 of 5 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 5th, 2014
Although I purchase a lot from Penguin, I didn't purchase this here, however I am posting my review here as many reviewers on this site have been very helpful and this is the way I try and give back.

I have been performing a single needle daily for 2 weeks. The day I got it, I practiced it about ten times with a toothpick at first breaking off pieces until I got the right size for my mouth, before trying it with a needle. You can use a piece of raw spaghetti as an alternative. This should not be overlooked, practice, practice, practice makes perfect, and THIS EFFECT IS INHERENTLY DANGEROUS!!! That's the appeal to the spectators, so tread lightly and be "hyper-aware" of your audience, participant, and the needle at all times, just as Wayne states in the video.

That said, if you can get it down, this is elegant and mysterious, and just plain bizarre, so don't under-play it.
If you can master this one, you will be performing a piece of enchantment for all who witness it, play it up big and people will never stop talking about you ;)

I was a bit weary of trying this, being mostly a card and slight of hand artist, but with a little thought and practice, I can now do this with 3 rather large needles with ease, which is a bit contradictory to the "single needle" concept, but for me, I think 3 is always a magic number to use. It took a little thought and a bit of change to the moves during loading, but for me it's worth it. I also performed it with a single needle the same day I learned it, but it was only for my wife late that night after practicing for hours, after practicing, I walked around the house doing my usual routine,.. all with the needle in my mouth just to get comfortable with it.

This is a stunning showpiece, give it the respect it deserves and be careful, you CAN poke yourself with the needle in your mouth if you're not "hyper-aware"!

You'll be not too crazy worried about it if you've done anything like it before, or have been pierced in the lip or tongue, etc,.. but don't be careless.

Highly recommended. For adults only!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 4th, 2014
wow, all i can say is that this trick is soo much better than what i thought. At first i thought it might not work well in close up situations, but after a few performances, it works perfectly! i received the DVD and was performing the effect merely minutes after watching it. It is so good, and extremely fooling to a spectator. Some have already told me they are scared for me while i'm doing the trick! haha i think this trick will go with Wayne Houchin's "thread" perfectly. Swallow a needle, have the spectator fish it out, take the needle off the thread, proceed to swallow the thread, and end by pulling it out of your eye! talk about a reputation maker. Overall, i am extremely satisfied and will continue to by anything Wayne creates.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 5th, 2015
THIS TRICK CAN BE A HAZARD TO YOUR WELL BEING! THE DVD SHOULD COME WITH A SKULL AND CROSSBONES ON IT.

Now that you have been warned, this illusion is absolutely fantastic!

The tutorial by Mr. Houchin may very well be the clearest and cleanest I have ever seen. Taken step by step and with the appropriate amount of practice, I was able to perform this seeming miracle just as demonstrated on Penguin Magic, but, as Mr. Houchin repeatedly warns in the instructions, there is a real element of danger and complete concentration is a must.

However, with risk comes the reward. The expressions on my audience’s faces, a combination of terror, trepidation and ultimately amazement, were well worth the work required for this illusion.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 17th, 2014
I've had this DVD for a while, and took a while to work up the "nerve" to actually try this. I've finally worked out the plan. I'm using cross stitch needles. the point is rounded and much less sharp. plus they're a little bigger, so the visual is a little more of a "pop" when it comes out on the string.

this one is definitely staying in my set.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
great, simple, and it kills Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 4th, 2014
WH releases are always great. his teaching is clear and in depth. i watched it and later performed it that night. it killed. add to cart now.
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2 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 10th, 2014
I've had this quite a few months now. It's important to say that the method isn't exactly what you are thinking: it allows you to show the string FREELY, you can move your hands all along the string.

I've performed this quite a few times with great success.

I HIGHLY recommend it!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 26th, 2016
Leave it to Wayne to re-invent a classic! I've done the 20 needle trick for over 30 years, the only problem I had was that, to do it properly, sometimes it's too long of piece to add in many circumstances. THIS has the same(if not GREATER)punch and plays much quicker!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 25th, 2015
(This review is for A Single Needle by Wayne Houchin)
When I'm looking for new material for my performances, I look for methods that are pure, strong, and look like magic. This effect certainly fits the criteria. It's a real world effect that I would feel comfortable performing in any venue, including corporate events. It's the perfect balance of shock value and it's tasteful for any audience.

If you're familiar with the needle effect, I would suggest you maintain you're typical method for swallowing the needle. In a stage environment, you need to transition comfortably. The method for the needle appearance is worth the purchase. But for my performances, I always make the appropriate adjustments to the methods.

I have also developed an alternate presentation for this effect, which I believe is essential for every performer. If you are just going to say and do exactly what he does, may as well leave it to him. Make it your own.

Over all, I would consider this a high-quality, practical, and magical effect. In my live shows, I only perform one magic effect amongst my mentalism. This effect is strong enough to be the one effect I do in my show. Highly recommended!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 26th, 2015
I make it short: I didn perform it yet, but the secret is clever and easy to perform. I really like it!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 1st, 2014
I was a bit skeptical when i bought this as i dont usually do things like this. The whole dvd is very well produced and what you see is what you get. If you like what you see buy it you wont be disappointed. Waynes explanation was very clear and concise so hardly any cons. It gets great reactions and its definitely a reputation maker!
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