Chayne Hultgren Sets Sword-Swallowing World Record (VIDEO)

04/10/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Australian Chayne Hultgren, also known as the Space Cowboy, has set a new world record by swallowing 18 swords at the same time. He beat his own 2008 record by swallowing the swords, each 28.35in long, during an event in Sydney.

Hultgren explained that the stunt requires a lot of practice, and shouldn't be attempted straight away. "I stretch my throat with hoses and use a few different techniques to basically enable me to do what, until now, has been impossible," he told the BBC.

"I don't just straightaway grab 18 blades and shove them down my throat - you've got to practice a lot and build up to it."