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Contortionist Linda R. Hager was hired to perform the famous “spider walk” scene, filmed on April 11, 1973, but deleted by William Friedkin before the film’s December release. He felt it was “too much” of an effect because it appeared too early in the film before the possession was fully established by the end of the first hour of the movie. Almost 30 years later, Friedkin changed his mind and added the scene back for the special edition. Ms. Hager was able to perform the scene by use of a harness and flying wires hung above the staircase used in the set; she would advise Friedkin when she was just barely touching the stairs with her hands and feet, and then she maintained that light touch as she was moved down the staircase by the harness and wires.