International Sword Swallowers Day 2017

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.

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International Sword Swallowers Day 2016

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Image by Dan Archer

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

Check out what some of the press said about it here;
The News Shopper
Kent Online
The Reporter
This Is London
Lancashire Telegraph
Ripleys Believe It Or Not!

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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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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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The Art of Sword Swallowing

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;

and you can find out more about Dan Meyer and the SSAI at;

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International Sword Swallowers Day 2014

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;

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