It’s possible to eat pieces of glass and not get hurt. It’s an old sideshow stunt, usually taught by an experienced glass eater to someone who wants to learn the skill. Magician Todd Robbins knows how to do it safely.
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Instead of using the skill for entertaining, a husband and wife defrauded various businesses and insurers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their scheme was to "find" glass in their food and then file fraudulent insurance claims. In some cases, for added realism, they intentionally ate shards of glass.
They scammed restaurants, grocery stores, insurers, hospitals and doctors between 1997 and 2005.
A less-than-flattering shot of glass-eater Mary Evano.
The female glass eater Mary Evano was a fugitive for years until she was finally caught. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $340,000 in restitution. Her husband, Ronald Evano, captured years earlier, had been sentenced to 63 months.