Highlights 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!”


Sword Swallowing Facts:

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.



Professional sword 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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