Orlando, Fla: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will pay tribute to the ancient art of sword swallowing by holding free sword swallowing performances as part of World Sword Swallower’s Day on Saturday, February 27. Two things to remember – that’s solid steel and yes, it’s all real.
Ripley’s will showcase the greatest group of sword swallowers ever assembled and offer free performances for the public at 18 of its Odditoriums around the world – New York City, London, Hollywood, San Francisco, Orlando, Baltimore, Copenhagen, Grand Prairie, Atlantic City, Branson, Gatlinburg, Key West, Myrtle Beach, Panama City Beach, St. Augustine, Wisconsin Dells, Williamsburg and Surfers Paradise. This will be the 9th annual World Sword Swallower’s Day celebration, founded by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) in partnership with Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
More than 50 sword swallowers are expected to participate – some swallowing more than a dozen swords at one time, another who will swallow a sword while sandwiched between a bed of nails – and all risking their lives to carry on the tradition.
The event was created to recognize the handful of people in the world who can swallow swords, an ancient art that dates back some 4,000 years. The day also raises awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science and raises money for esophageal cancer research.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has long chronicled the incredible feat of sword swallowing. Sword swallowers were prominently featured at the very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.
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