8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown

johnny strange on 8 out of 10 cats does countdown tv show

Earlier on in the year Johnny Strange joined host Jimmy Carr to perform on the 7th series of the TV show ‘8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown’, a crossover between the edgy comedy show, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’, and the classic words & numbers show, ‘Countdown’.

Johnny performed a sword swallowing stunt in front of the iconic ‘Countdown Clock’, before celebrity panel; Rhod Gilbert, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and Sara Pascoe.

Other guests included comic, Johnny Vegas, and TV personality, Joey Essex.

First aired 22nd May 2015


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Traditional storyteller and modern stuntman

sword swallower johnny strange

In a recent article by MediaZink Johnny Strange was dubbed a “traditional storyteller and modern stuntman”, the feature goes on to say;

“Johnny captivates and bewitches his audience with his charm …he tells jokes and stories from all the places he has experienced over the world.

“When you see him walking on the street you will not immediately connect Johnny Strange with freak shows, performing and sword swallowing. Johnny is calm, happy, friendly and outgoing – although he could have the eyes of a sorcerer. He manages to entertain, educate and inspire his audience while performing his dangerous stunts on stage.

“In total Johnny Strange currently holds 8 Guinness World Records for his unusual skills …in a way he has always been performing, it’s just now the audiences are much bigger.”

You can read the full article over at;

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Sideshow by the seaside

Johnny Strange and Eve Elle performing a chainsaw stunt

Johnny Strange’s Theatre of Wonder recently hit the seaside town of Great Yarmouth. Sword swallowing, fire dancing, the bed of nails, pierced weight lifting, glass eating and much, much more featured in this theatre spectacle.

With the sideshow siren, Eve Elle, making her debut appearance in the show – she performs stunts so dangerous your mother would slap you for even thinking about them and has a fire routine so hot she could make the devil sweat.

She also has nerves of steel as Johnny performed one of his signature stunts and chainsawed an apple in half held in-between her teeth, pictured.
Image by Laura Tovell.

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World Juggling Day 2015

johnny strange chainsaw juggler

Today is World Juggling Day (yes we have a day for that too!).

Created in 2000 as an annual day of recognition by The International Jugglers’ Association, it falls every year on the Saturday closest to June 17th – The founding date of The International Jugglers’ Association.

So, if you are a juggler like Johnny and are celebrating World Juggling Day 2015; either by taking part in a competition, attending a convention or putting on a show just remember, have fun …after all juggling is pretty much just playing catch by yourself.

Image by Tim Bradley.

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May the 4th be with you

johnny strange swallowing a fragile glass neon tube

It’s international Star Wars day (May 4th), and what better way for a sword swallower to celebrate than swallowing a lightsaber!

Heres an image of Johnny Strange swallowing a lightsaber, or at least the closest thing you can to one, a 2000v neon sword. Johnny swallows a fragile thin glass tube filled with a deadly poisonous neon gas something very few sword swallowers in the world have ever attempted, let alone managed.


Happy Star Wars day!


Images by Jenna Taylor Photography

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The road to Sweden

johnny strange and matt gone guinness world record holderJohnny Strange has just come back from performing in Sweden with The Human Checkerboard, Matt Gone, who has spent a lifetime having his entire body tattooed from head to toe (including his tongue and the whites of his eyes).


The two were there providing live entertainment at the grand Sundspärlan Arena situated in the city of Helsingborg; Sweden’s closest point to Denmark. While there duo took part in several TV, newspaper and radio interviews including speaking to Robin Cox from Roskilde DampRadio where they spoke about life on the road and what it means to be a travelling performer.


You can listen to the interview here;

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No pain, no gain

johnny strange guinness world record most animal trapsIn 2013 Johnny Strange set the world’s first official Guinness World Record for ‘The most animal traps released on the body in one minute’.

Strange had the steel jaws of six (6) vintage animal traps snapped onto his body in one minute without injury, this amazing stunt earned him entry into the 60th anniversary edition of the Guinness Book of Records, you can see his record in the ‘No Pain, No Gain’ section of the 2015 book (page 118).

Each trap that snapped onto Johnny’s hands and arms were vintage leg-hold traps, traps designed to catch and hold an animal until the trap setter returns to release the trap.

Read what the media said about it;
Max Viral
Kent Online
Algonquin Times (America)
The Telegraph
The Guardian

Image courtesy of Paul Michael Hughes/ Guinness World Records.

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International Sword Swallowers Day 2015

johnny strange internationa sword swallowers day 2015 ukIt 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 Swallowing 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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