NEW YORK - Estelline Pike is
a compulsive throat washer. She's compulsive also about sword washing.
Instead of soap and water, Mrs. Pike uses medicinal antiseptic.
Now Mrs. Pike, 53, isn't slipping.
She's a sword swallower who believes in being hygienic.
and grandmother has been slipping swords down her well-washed throat for 33
years - and se isn't about to retire.
she ended a seven - week stint with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey
Circus is New York.
to sleep for a few days and then look for a new job." she said in an interview.
the one nice thing about sword swallowing. You can always find employment."
said she's compulsive about sword and throat washing to protect herself and the
skeptics who want to handle the swords.
skeptics" she said "want to handle them after a show. They think there's
trickery involved and that I'm not swallowing real swords.
get cotton candy on the swords and the adults sometimes try to bite them."
that Mrs. Pike swallows have blunt tips and blunt edges.
didn't she said, "I would cut my throat."
you might slick a pin into a cushion, Mrs. Pike can slide a 22 inch sword down
her throat. Her throat is so educated that it doesn't misbehave when she
comes to the climax of her act - gulping six swords at once!
whose home is in Hoxie, Kan., taught her son, James Ball, to swallow swords when
he was 11. She said he's now a professional swallower working out of New
say I swallow swords to keep busy and to keep from starvation." Mrs. Pike
want to be a singer. I've written more than 50 songs and I'm a jazz
star once told me I should take up singing because I have a tremendous throat."
by Patricia McCormack - Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio May 15, 1961