What Beatboxing Looks Like From Inside the Throat

The tonsil-twisting antics of a skilled beatboxer are pretty mysterious to most people who don’t regularly use their mouths as human drum machines. To show just what’s going on in there, one master beatboxer paid a visit to a laryngeal surgeon and had him film it, as Motherboard reports.

Tom Thrum, an Australian beatboxer, stuck a flexible camera up his nose and down toward his larynx, then put another camera in his mouth to see how the throat, tongue, and mouth work together to make different sounds. If you’re a little squeamish about medical procedures, it’s pretty gross. Thrum’s vocal cords look like the mouth of a really mucus-y kraken.

If you can get past the idea of watching someone get a camera stuck through their nose and back into their throat, though, it’s a rare look at just how the body parts we use all day function. Even if there is a lot of spit.

Now if only we could see inside the larynxes of this father-daughter beatboxing duo.

[h/t Motherboard]

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You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]