In excess of 125 feet of solid steel is set to go down the hatch - hopefully without a scratch!
World Sword Swallower’s Day was founded by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) and is co-sponsored by Ripley's Believe It or Not! (http://www.ripleys.com/
On February 23, sword swallowers from around the world will be putting on free shows at nearly 20 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums worldwide, including:
New York City; Hollywood and San Francisco in Calif.; Orlando, Key West, Panama City Beach and St. Augustine in Florida; Gatlinburg, Tenn., Branson, Mo., Niagara Falls, Ont.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Baltimore, Md.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.; Grand Prairie, Texas; Pattaya, Thailand; and London, England.
Performances will start around 1:30 local time and culminate with an official “swallow” that will take place at 2:23:13 p.m. to coincide with the 2/23/13 date.
“We established World Sword Swallower’s Day to honor this ancient art and recognize the few people in the world who can do this," explains Dan Meyer, a sword swallower whose amazing feats have been chronicled by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. “We also raise awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science and raise money for esophageal cancer research.”
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has a long history of highlighting the death-defying achievements of sword swallowers – going back 80 years.
“Sword swallowers were a big part of the very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933,” said Tim O’Brien, VP of Communications for Ripley Entertainment Inc. “There, three performers, two of whom were women, mesmerized the huge crowds. Ripley’s has been home to sword swallowers around the world ever since.”
People can also try swallowing a sword on their own – virtually – thanks to the new Ripley’s Believe It or Not! app which features iSword. (http://itunes.apple.com/
Every sword swallower in the world is invited to join us for the day. Go to the special sign-up page (http://www.ripleys.com/
For a large selection of high resolution images, please visit www.ripleysnewsroom.com/
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Sword Swallowers Assoc. International
About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com)
About Sword Swallowing
The art of sword swallowing began more than 4,000 years ago in India, and requires the practitioner to use mind-over-matter techniques to control the body and repress natural reflexes to insert solid steel blades from 15 to 25 inches down the esophagus and into the stomach. With the demise of the traveling circus sideshow over the past several decades, there are currently less than a few dozen full-time professional sword swallowers actively performing the deadly art around the world today.
About the Sword Swallowers Association International
Founded in 2001 to preserve the art of sword swallowing, SSAI (www.swordswallow.org (http://www.swordswallow.org))