What happens in your throat when you beatbox? | Tom Thum and Matthew Broadhurst

  • Published on Mar 28, 2019
  • Viral beatboxer Tom Thum has an orchestra in his mouth, but how does he make all those sounds? Get an up-close-and-personal look as laryngeal surgeon Matthew Broadhurst sticks a camera down Thum's throat while he creates a mind-boggling array of noises. This hilarious, somewhat stomach-churning talk and performance is not for the squeamish! (Contains graphic medical imagery)
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Comments • 190

  • tarlee ann
    tarlee ann 16 days ago

    WOW! Excellent presentation! Fascinating!

  • ctrlor
    ctrlor Month ago


  • Michael Murphy
    Michael Murphy 4 months ago

    Some things are better left a mystery

  • Ina Blink
    Ina Blink 4 months ago

    I thought this guy was a hoax. Next time he comes around, I'm buying tickets for the gang and family !

  • Eleanor Rose
    Eleanor Rose 4 months ago

    This is actually incredible!! At one point it looked like a kaleidoscope ! Thank you for sharing !

  • Rocky Scape
    Rocky Scape 5 months ago

    When i seen his vocal cords i kept thinking of Predator for some reason...

  • Yongbao Chen
    Yongbao Chen 5 months ago

    this is a vivid experiment show

  • Tiffany W
    Tiffany W 5 months ago

    I’ve seen a picture of my vocal chords but I haven’t really gotten to watch them in action! I’m only a singer! This was amazing!!!! 😳😃😆😆😆

  • ian mulwitsky
    ian mulwitsky 5 months ago

    oh so much moist, fleshy, pink!

  • Kapkan
    Kapkan 5 months ago

    Oh, oh! Ask him to make hardbass with voice!

  • Debashman Sarbadhikari
    Debashman Sarbadhikari 5 months ago +1


  • Saka Mulia
    Saka Mulia 5 months ago

    Get a dentist to replace his teeth with lights and cameras, stat!

  • Kamel Mebhah
    Kamel Mebhah 5 months ago

    God creation

  • Danielle M
    Danielle M 5 months ago

    Oof I've had to be scoped to check for vocal nodules before. It is quite uncomfortable D:

  • Glenn H Rollinglenn Tiedemann

    My wife works at Pentax Medical, the company that makes that fine equipment! Their headquarters is in Montvale, New Jersey, USA - about 30 miles west of New York City. Over the past 40 years I've seen the amazing diagnostic equipment they have developed, but nothing compares to the videos this equipment can make. Adele (the Brit singer) was diagnosed using it a few years ago.

  • laceyavron
    laceyavron 5 months ago

    arh I remember Tom, he was one of the aliens in the movie, Independence Day :-)

  • Agniva Maiti
    Agniva Maiti 5 months ago +1

    OMG that is soooo coool!

  • hooper_fwzh Loveu
    hooper_fwzh Loveu 5 months ago

    He the BEST !

  • Heather Campbell
    Heather Campbell 5 months ago

    Wow this is amazing!!! I'm considering getting my 5yr old beatboxing lessons as he is constantly making beats and music and rhythms. Would it damage his chords due to his young age or would you encourage him to follow his interest???

  • pratika siwatch
    pratika siwatch 5 months ago +1

    one of the coolest vedio i have watched

  • ShihtzuMom
    ShihtzuMom 5 months ago +1


  • gege liang
    gege liang 5 months ago

    i found it a little disgusting

  • kaykay12152
    kaykay12152 5 months ago

    Woah. Late to the party I see with this presentation.

  • Jonathas C
    Jonathas C 5 months ago

    I'd like watching Silvia Saint throat's

  • Holobrine
    Holobrine 5 months ago

    Now we need someone to analyze that and explain how it works.

  • Daniel Bannister
    Daniel Bannister 5 months ago

    And i did indeed watch that most viewed Ted X video years back!!! I was, and still am left in awe!! Does anyone else relate!?

  • WritingRin
    WritingRin 5 months ago

    Ok it wasnt that gross but towards the end I did have one moment that made me gag slightly

  • Vannakkam Gamer
    Vannakkam Gamer 5 months ago

    Damn we are aliens

  • Julie Jay
    Julie Jay 5 months ago

    Brave, funny and talented.

  • henry k
    henry k 5 months ago +2

    umm. hes got a deepthroat

  • sonicase
    sonicase 5 months ago

    would be better if you took a profile x-ray, then you can see all of the mouth, tongue, lips, throat etc

  • lilia mamen
    lilia mamen 5 months ago


  • JoeSmish
    JoeSmish 5 months ago

    Ey Tom Thum, this has been reuploaded here!!

  • Paloma Salvatore
    Paloma Salvatore 5 months ago


  • Nicholas de Mora-Mieszkowski

    Just brilliant! Really great presenters and for me as someone who sometimes works with patients with vocal problems this is something I will be showing my students if no one else. Big thumbs up 👍🏻

  • kgpnerd
    kgpnerd 5 months ago

    My new visualizer!

  • 천룩스
    천룩스 5 months ago

    Wow, So amazing☆

  • Your Majesty
    Your Majesty 5 months ago

    I feel like I just watched an orchestra.... Wow

  • Definity1
    Definity1 5 months ago

    Left side of the brain wants the magician to reveal his secret; afterwards, the right side of the brain wishes he had not spoiled the wonder of the performance.

  • KungPow123
    KungPow123 5 months ago

    Best music video ever.

  • harpersneil
    harpersneil 5 months ago

    Thumbs up from Bribie Island Tom!

  • Arati Malavalli-Majd
    Arati Malavalli-Majd 5 months ago

    wow, very interesting

  • Prasant Saud
    Prasant Saud 5 months ago +1

    Amazing video but also gross to watch...😂

  • Programmer Parker
    Programmer Parker 5 months ago

    One of the most disgusting/coolest videos I've ever had the pleasure of enduring.

  • James At
    James At 5 months ago

    That vocal chords video could just be a music video on its own.

  • Asmaa
    Asmaa 5 months ago

    gross but I like it..

  • hungh0
    hungh0 5 months ago

    Wow that was actually fucking awesome, like, his throat was like it was dancing to the music he was making, but it was also making it
    Hands down probably one of the most uncomfortable ways to make music, but I'd watch the in-throat recording over any music video, like the trumpet part was pretty damn incredible

  • Freedomo Speech
    Freedomo Speech 5 months ago +5

    Answering the important questions in life as always

    • Him
      Him 5 months ago

      We already knew the answers though... 😅

  • A AM
    A AM 5 months ago

    This video is definitely going viral

  • Kevin Charlson
    Kevin Charlson 5 months ago

    this is so funny and awesome! but too bad it's much harder to get a good view of all the action happening in the mouth itself!

  • Dark Soul
    Dark Soul 5 months ago

    Thank you very much!😙 awesome journey ❤ loved it 👌👏❤

  • Dark Soul
    Dark Soul 5 months ago +9

    I don't know who I have to call a hero 🤔🤔 your throat, which does all these amazing sounds all the time, or you who went through all this medical stuff during 2 years in the name of science, and are having no anesthesia today but still performing wonderfully 💪💪
    Let's say ... You're both astonishing heroes 👏👏❤❤👌👌

  • TheShawnster
    TheShawnster 5 months ago


  • Echo Space
    Echo Space 5 months ago +1

    14:30 I really want to learn how to do that sound

  • dee yourt
    dee yourt 5 months ago

    sounds interesting but ultimately disgusting and unnecessary without learning a damn thing......

  • Studio Skies And Water
    Studio Skies And Water 5 months ago

    everyone should beatbox

    • Him
      Him 5 months ago


  • PoM MoM
    PoM MoM 5 months ago

    Who cares.

  • Abdelhakmed Doc
    Abdelhakmed Doc 5 months ago

    سبحان الله ما أروع خلقك.
    O Allah, How amazing your creations are able to use their abilities to the extreme. That's was an amazing demonstration of how Allah has created an amazing human being.
    Thank you TED and to that beatbox professional + doctor to make my faith stronger, thank you!

  • Jonathan Schlaepfer
    Jonathan Schlaepfer 5 months ago

    I don't know how, but I just watched the last video and some how I never managed to see it for the 5-6 years it's been up and SOME HOW managed to see it just in time to watch it's sequal the day it came out... RUclip recommend works in very odd ways.

    Edit: Just wanted to fix some errors

    PROFCOM ALVIN ARAO 5 months ago

    What a show.. It is extremely thrilling..