It seems there’s a day to celebrate everything; World Hugging Day (21st Jan), International Talk Like A Pirate Day (19th Sept), National Pizza Party Day (15th May) and of course – International Sword Swallowers Day.
It’s that time of year again, the day once a year where sword swallowers from around the world simultaneously demonstrate their unusual skills. Held on the last Saturday every February at 2:28pm, in conjunction with National Swallowing Disorders Month, sword swallowers participate in “the big swallow”.
This year Johnny Strange performed various sword swallowing stunts at EventCity, Manchester, to celebrate International Sword Swallowers Day 2015. He performed in Dr. Phantasma’s 10 in 1 travelling Illusion Show who holds host to classic sideshow illusions from around the world such as “the giant bat”, “the man eating chicken”, “the infamous blade box”, “the girl with no middle” and more.
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Back to back from France Johnny flew over to Hungary for a pit stop where he appeared on the largest commercial television channel in Hungary, TV2.
Here he spoke about some of the bizarre and unusual things he is able to do with his body such as swallowing stainless steel swords to the bottom of his stomach and lifting heavy weights using his super strong pierced ear lobes.
Johnny was back in Hungary performing at the Budapest Tattoo Convention again as part of the 2015 festival. First aired February 2015, video courtesy of TV2 news production company.
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Johnny has been performing in France for the last few days, where he met up with Rolf Buchholz.
Rolf holds the Guinness World Record for ’the most body modifications’ and is a suspension master, having performed in excess of 200 suspensions. He also has a staggering 453 piercings in his body, making him the most pierced man in the world; including 25 in his eyebrows, 31 in his ears and 94 in his lips. Not forgetting his other body modifications which include; tattoos from the neck down, scarification on his face, stretched ears and two implanted horns on his head.
Johnny Strange also had time to catch up with American actor, Robert LaSardo, and Pascal “l’homme tatoué” Tourain – Pascal also very kindly assisted Johnny on stage for one of his sword swallowing stunts, removing a swallowed sword from Johnny’s throat.
Image by Philippe Guilloud
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Johnny Strange will be starting 2015 with a bang!
An all star line up of some of the most amazing alternative performers will be heading over to the Telford International Centre on January 11th as part of Johnny Strange’s Theatre of Wonder, which will be headlining at Tattoo Freeze & Camper Mart. This time Johnny will be bringing along gentleman strongman Sir Leopold Aleksander and world famous contortionist Pixie Le Knot.
As well as hosting the show Johnny Strange, the sword swallower with the iron stomach, will be sliding stainless steel blades down his throat. Sir Leopold Aleksander, the lion of London, will be performing impossible feats of strength including bending wrought iron bars with his bare hands. ‘Game of Thrones’ star, Pixie Le Knot, will be flexing her body beyond belief as she performs eye watering feats of contortion and much, much more!
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In 2013 Johnny Strange set the world’s first official Guinness World Record for ‘The heaviest weight lifted by pierced ears’.
Johnny managed to lift a 14.9kg (32lb, 13.5oz) cast iron weight attached to carabiners hooked through the piercings in his ears, this staggering feat earned him entry into the 2015 Guinness Book Of Records, you can see his record pictured in the ’Show of Strength’ section of the book (page 104).
Johnny has been nicknamed “the man with ears of steel” after his flesh proved strong enough not to tear under the extreme force applied from the weights.
See more on this record here:
Image courtesy of Paul Michael Hughes/ Guinness World Records.
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Johnny Strange is proud to be bringing his Theatre of Wonder to the Telford International Centre this coming January to perform as part of the Camper Mart & Tattoo Freeze festivals.
At the Theatre of Wonder you will be able to witness the weird and the bizarre in this creative celebration of the unusual. This time Johnny Strange will be bringing along vintage strongman Sir Leopold Aleksander and contortionist extraordinaire Pixie Le Knot.
Sir Leopold Aleksander, The Lion of London, possesses the strength of 10 men. He can bend solid steel bars, break heavy chains and roll sold frying pans with nothing more than his bare hands. ‘Game of Thrones’ contortionist, Pixie Le Knot, will be demonstrating beauty and grace with her amazingly flexible and elastic feats, watch in awe as she twist and contorts her body beyond belief.
As well as hosting the show Johnny will also be demonstrating some of his unique abilities, including sliding stainless steel swords down his throat and into his stomach.
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Johnny Strange recently teamed up with moto stunt rider, Vesko Lesev to perform a dangerous new stunt while in Brussels, Belgium, to mark the last leg of his current European tour.
Live at the International Brussels Tattoo Convention, Johnny Strange took his position in the centre of the infamous Globe of Death in front of a sea of eager spectators to debut a dangerous new stunt.
The Globe of Death is a moto stunt where motorcyclists ride in a spherical mesh ball looping both vertically and horizontally at speeds of over 40mph (70km/h). Lesev speeded his motorcycle around the globe riding just inches away from Johnny Strange as he swallowed a 17-inch (43cm) solid steel blade while standing inside the cramped 5 meter cage ball.
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