Next in the schedule I will be performing in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Brussels and Alkmaar – along with UK appearances in East Grinstead, Chatham, Blackpool, Dundee, Glasgow Oxfordshire and Kent.
I will once again be gracing the stage at both The Brook Theatre for The Cabaret of Curiosities and The Fool n Angel for Adams Apple Cabaret. As well as a packed schedule of filming and photoshoots. Busy, busy, busy but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Keep an eye on my Facebook Page for individual event dates & times, and if your in the area, come and catch a show and say hello!
You can find my Facebook Page at; www.facebook.com/RealJohnnyStrange
Fresh back from Amsterdam I performed on the Isle of Wight with The Blue Moon Revue. Riding high on the success of four consecutive sold out shows in association with the Guildford Fringe Festival, The Blue Moon rose once again at it’s home, The Apollo Theatre on The Isle of Wight.
The Blue Moon Revue put together a great line up featuring a whole host of international performers, award winners and the very best of the Isle of Wight’s talent. I performed along side Violet Blaze, Tahlullah Manhattan, Quinny Sin, Griffin & Jones, Lily Elixir, Isabelle L’Amour, Hannah Brewer and host comedian Alex Watts.
Yoppul posted a review of the show, saying;
“Not shy of showing off his unique bodily talents, Mr Strange proceeded to swallow a variety of different shaped swords, and even a glowing neon tube, seen to full effect with the stage lights turned off.”
“From the start it was clear that the audience loved every minute of the show, with many performers receiving a standing ovation. The Blue Moon Revue has truly injected new life into the Apollo Theatre; bursting with talent, the founders have created a hugely entertaining and liberating show.”
The event was held in the wonderfully quaint venue The Apollo Theatre, a volunteer run operation that has brought fantastic theatre shows to the Isle of Wight for the past 40+ years – which I think in it’s self deserves a mention. Over all it was a fantastic night, each act performed brilliantly and the audience were amazing, I can’t wait to visit the Isle of Wight again which I hope will be sooner rather than later.
Amsterdam is still awesome, I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I was last here. Every time I am here I have so much fun.
Great shows, great audiences and great friends make it a place I should visit more often. While here I also bumped into photographer extraordinaire Gordon Meuleman, who showed me an Issue of Tattoo Planet Magazine (issue #88) that had published photos of me he had taken back in April while I was performing in Antwerp, Belgium.
I had a great time here as usual, but definitely feel I had to leave too soon. Unfortunately time is short and I’m ready to hit UK soil again, this time I will be on the Isle of Wight performing at the Apollo Theatre with The Blue Moon Revue who have put together a great line up featuring a whole host of international performers, award winners and the very best of the Isle of Wight’s talent. Featuring Violet Blaze, Tahlullah Manhattan, Quinny Sin, Griffin & Jones, Lily Elixir, Isabelle L’Amour, Hannah Brewer and host Alex Watts.
You can grab your own copy of Tattoo Planet Magazine over at;
Austria is a beautiful country, I had a great time performing there and got the chance to do many things such as hanging out with some fantastic people in Linz and visiting the Clock Tower with my friend Sara in Graz but one of the best has to have been participating in a traditional Samoan ‘Ava Ceremony, thanks to my friends over at Le Segaula Tatau who were also visiting Austria. They invited me and Constantin Luger over to join in.
The ‘Ava Ceremony is usually reserved for honoured guests and includes the consumption of Kava Kava, the juice from the roots of a pepper tree – It is thought that Kava Kava is one of the reasons why the people of the South Pacific Islands are known as some of the happiest and friendliest people in the world. So there it is, drink some Kava Kava.
But obviously I couldn’t talk about Austria without mentioning the Graz Tattoo Convention, which I performed at while there, along with Constantin Luger and featured special guest Mario Barth, whilst being covered by Music News Independent Magazine.
It was a hectic weekend full of fun as per usual, and as well as me they hosted bands ‘Mona and her Moonshiners’, ‘The Slapbacks’ and ‘Kingsville’ among others.
Life on the road can be fun but tough, I have just visited France for the second time in as many months. Whilst there I spent a handful of days performing small intimate cabaret shows which are always great fun, but for me the highlight has to be performing at Dermochrome Festival, soaking up the sun and swallowing down the swords – including my dreaded wavy “serpents sword” kris blade, pictured. (Images by Win Photos)
I also got to meet a fascinating man by the name of Pascal Tourain, a true walking art piece and fellow performer who performs a one man show titled “L’homme Tatoué” (The Tattooed Man), His body is tattooed from the neck down with old Sideshow banners depicting sword swallowers, armless knife throwers and human pincushions as well as portraits of Joseph Merrick The Elephant Man, Mac Norton The Human Aquarium and the entire cast of Tod Browning’s “Freaks”.
You can check out more great Images by Win Photos over at; winphotos.wix.com/1977
As usual France gets a big thumbs up from me (and Pascal Tourain) but for now my tour continues. I’m continuing my travels East, my next stop – Austria.
Here is the third and final part of ‘Do Not Try This’, A short three part documentary filmed in 2013. In this final part Johnny Strange demonstrates sword swallowing, talks us through one of his favourite swords and touches on the subject of the Guinness World Records that he holds.
Once again, we stress that Johnny Strange is a trained professional. Johnny Strange, Dan Meyer, SSAI and everyone involved with this project warn you NOT to attempt anything you have seen in this video. Any attempt in doing so could lead to serious injury or even death.
You can read more about Ripleys Believe It Or Not! London over at; www.ripleyslondon.com
and you can find out more about Dan Meyer and the SSAI at;
If you missed seeing parts one & two you can watch them over at the Johnny Strange official YouTube channel.
“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – A few fantastic words of wisdom by Belgian surrealist painter, Rene Magritte (1898-1967), which means only one thing; I finally touched down in Belgium for the Belgian leg of the tour!
This is just a quick pit stop with only a few select private shows lined up, I couldn’t resist visiting one of the countries that has been on my ‘to-do list’ for so long now. As they say, “travel broadens the mind”, of course, how much it broadens your mind depends on how you travel rather than where you travel so I will be immersing myself within the Belgian culture as much as possible during my short stay here – you can see what I got upto over at my official Johnny strange Instagram page.
While here I had some great live photos shot by Marcus Crane Photography to be featured in Rocking Ink Magazine also my friend, and great photographer, Gordon Meuleman took some amazing photos for Tattoo Planet Magazine.
I’ve been having a blast performing in Strasbourg at The Wounded Carnivale, here is an amazing live photograph of me taken by the ever talented Nicolas Eschbach.
I performed two shows at The Wounded Carnival over the weekend and both recieved a fantastic reaction. A great line up with fantastic acts, a fantastic audience and of course fantastic music (with disks being spun by Vladimir Spoutnik) - I even found the time to visit the Notre Dame de Strasbourg and snap a few photos which can be seen on my Instagram page, over at my official Johnny Strange Instagram page.
Next I’m working my way down to the South of France for my next set of shows. Vive la France!
The 2014 European tour is fast approaching and so far confirmed countries include the UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria and Sweden with more events being added daily, usually being first announced on the Johnny Strange official Facebook page, so if you havent done already Like & Share the page with your friends and keep your eyes peeled.
So it’s time to hit the road again, starting with France where I will be performing in Strasbourg, East France right on the border to Germany, then making my way down towards Pamiers in the South of France.
It also gives me the chance to catch up with some old friends and hopefully meet some new ones.
Down the hatch without a scratch – Happy sword swallowers day!If you arn’t aware of what Sword Swallowers Day is, allow me to explain. Sword Swallowers Day is a world wide event which dedicates and entire day to the art of sword swallowing, which will mark its 7th year this time around. Professional sword swallowers meet up at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! attractions around the world to demonstrate this ancient skill. The event falls on the last Saturday of February, to coincide with National Swallowing Disorders Month and is run by the organisation Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) which uses the events to do a number of things;
To provide the general public with knowledge on sword swallowing and dispel any myths.
To raise awareness that the 4000 year old art is still alive.
To honor sword swallowers of the past.
To raise awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made to science and medicine.
To raise donations for Esophageal Cancer Research and the Injured Sword Swallowers Relief Fund (to which Ripley Entertainment match all donations collected).
If you haven’t visited it already, you can see some fantastic sword swallowing videos over at the official Johnny Strange YouTube channel.
You can also find out more information on SSAI & International Sword Swallowers Day over at;
You can find out more information on Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! on their website at;