It’s International Sword Swallowers Day; yes, believe it or not we actually have a day dedicated to it!
Once again, every year like clockwork, sword swallowers around the world flock to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museums to demonstrate the ancient art of sword swallowing.
This daring feat has been around for hundreds of years, being mentioned as far back as 410AD, however as it is so dangerous there are currently less than 60 active sword swallowers alive in the world today, making it a very rare art form.
Johnny Strange spent the afternoon speaking with James Whale live on BBC Radio Kent about this amazing feat and what exactly International Sword Swallowers Day is all about.
Last year Johnny Strange took part in a documentary on sword swallowing.
The documentary, filmed by the Russian TV show Hayka 2.0 (which roughly translates into Science 2.0) was filmed at the largest Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum in the world, Ripley’s, London. It covered all aspects of sword swallowing including technique, weaponry, and health and safety – with interviews from leading experts in the field, including weapons experts, doctors and of course, Johnny Strange.
Johnny Strange celebrated International Sword Swallowers Day 2016 at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! in Blackpool this year.
Sword Swallowers Day is one day every year where sword swallowers from around the world gather at Ripley’s Believe it or not! museums to demonstrate the art of sword swallowing.
He demonstrated the ancient and deadly art of sword swallowing for spectators throughout the day before wowing the audience by attempted to set his ninth, and so far possibly his most dangerous, Guinness World Record to date. He managed to swallow a stainless steel blade measuring a phenomenal 61cm long, just over 2 feet in length, to the bottom of his stomach.
Image by Jordan Gott
Here is the third and final part of ‘Do Not Try This’, A short three part documentary filmed in 2013 at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! London. 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; www.swordswallow.org
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.
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Well part two of ‘Do Not Try This’ is here. Filmed on location at the largest Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum in the world, London’s Piccadilly Circus, in 2013. Johnny Strange discusses acts he performs such as sword swallowing, chainsaw juggling, pierced weight lifting, the human blockhead and target bull whip cracking giving an insight into his weird and wonderful world of circus sideshow.
As the title suggests, please, Do Not Try This. Johnny Strange is a trained professional. Johnny Strange, Dan Meyer, SSAI and everyone involved with this project urge you NOT to attempt anything you have seen in this video. Any attempt in doing so could lead to serious injury or even death.
If you missed part one, you can see it on the official Johnny Strange YouTube channel.
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Well it’s finally here, Part one of ‘Do Not Try This’ – a short documentary filmed on location at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Piccadilly Circus, the largest Ripley’s museum in the world in 2013.
Here I talk about sword swallowing, chainsaw juggling, pierced weight lifting, the human blockhead and target bull whip cracking. Additional footage kindly supplied with permission by Dan Meyer, president of the world famous Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI).
For those of you that don’t know, SSAI is an organisation dedicated to networking existing sword swallowers around the world, promoting dialogue between sword swallowers, encouraging safe sword swallowing practices and techniques, and preserving and promoting the art of sword swallowing worldwide.
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