Hosted by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (who else!) this weekend you can spy nearly 20 sword swallowers “dropping swords” in celebration of the Fifth Annual World Sword Swallower’s Day. As part of the international event, Todd Robbins and several other performers will present a free sword swallowing show outside the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium.
“We sword swallowers risk our lives every time we swallow swords, but many people don't believe it’s real, or they think the art has died out," explains Dan Meyer, a sword swallower who has been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
"We established World Sword Swallower’s Day to raise awareness of the medical contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science, to honor veteran performers, to raise funds for esophageal cancer research and the Injured Sword Swallower’s Relief Fund (with donations matched by Ripley’s), and to correct myths by putting on sword swallowing demonstrations for the public and media around the world.”
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. Hmmm, is this a good or a bad thing?
Sword Swallowing Event
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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium
1:30 p.m., with the finale at 2:26 p.m.
234 West 42nd St.
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