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.


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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TV2 (Hungary)

johnny strange filming for TV2 (Hungary)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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Modified men

Johnny Strange and Rolf BuchholzJohnny 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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Tattoo Freeze 2015

johnny stranges there of wonderJohnny 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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