A former office worker who ditched her 'crushingly boring' job in sales to dice with death on a daily basis as a professional sword swallower, has described what she does as the 'perfect unison of sex and death'.
Heather Burns, 24, was inspired by street performers during Edinburgh's famous Fringe Festival.
Deciding that the dangerous pastime was definitely for her, Heather quit her job and moved to the city before buying a sword and getting stuck in.
It took her two years to learn the perilous practice and she now puts on shows twice a day, apart from in colder months as lower temperatures mean the blades could stick to her insides.
See her in action in the video above.