SWORD SWALLOWERS DAY
at Believe It or Not!
Red Stewart swallowed a world record 52 swords at
one time in Atlantic City.
Dai Andrews swallowed a very dangerous 120-degree
curved Sword at Ocean City.
Dan Meyer swallowed hedge clippers and a giant
straight razor in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Erik Kloeker, the youngest professional sword
swallower in the world performed in Gatlinburg.
Travis Fessler swallowed a sword with his mouth full
of live cockroaches in Gatlinburg.
George The Giant, the world’s tallest sword
swallower, will attempt to swallow a giant 33-inch
long sword in Hollywood.
A bevy of swallowers, led by legendary Todd Robbins,
performed at New York City’s Ripley’s.
“It’s a huge honor for
us to carry on the great tradition of sword
swallowers who have performed at Ripley’s Believe It
or Not! museums over the years!” Meyer explains. “In
light of this, SSAI is sending out an open
invitation to all sword swallowers around the world
to contact us and join us in swallowing swords at
Ripley’s Believe It or Not museums and other
locations on the 27th!”
The average person swallows about 600 times per day
– 350 while awake, 200 while eating, and about 50
times while asleep.
The average swallow uses 50 pairs of muscles and can
take from three to 23 seconds to complete.
Sword swallowers use mind-over-matter techniques to
repress the natural gag reflex in the back of the
mouth, the peristalsis reflex in the throat, and the
retch reflex in the stomach to “swallow” solid steel
sword blades from 15 to 30 inches in length.
Sword swallowing can take from two to seven years to
learn, and even after years of practice, some people
never learn to master it.
The longest sword swallowed on record was 33 inches
long swallowed by George the Giant.
The most swords swallowed at once was 47 swords
swallowed by Red Stuart in 2008.
SSAI reports that there are on average between four
and six serious sword swallowing related injuries
reported around the world each year that require
medical attention and hospitalization, with dozens
more that go unreported each year.
Treatment of sword swallowing injuries can cost from
$25,000-$75,000 per injury.
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.
swallowers gather at "Ripley's Believe it or Not!"
in Hollywood attempt-ing to break world
records in celebration of the Fourth Annual World
Sword Swallowers Day.
In this videos Brett
Loudermilk, George (The Giant) McArthur, Murrugun T.
Mystic, Nikke Bird, Vincent Wolf.
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