Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will pay tribute to the
ancient art of sword swallowing by holding free sword swallowing performances
as part of World
Sword Swallower's Dayon Saturday,
February 27. Two things to remember – that’s
solid steel and yes, it’s all real.
Ripley’s will showcase the greatest group of sword swallowers ever assembled
and offer free performances for the public at several of its Odditoriums around
Orlando, Ted Campbell will put his death-defying sword swallowing and fire
eating skills on display. Other performers include Red Stuart, who has
swallowed 50+ swords at one time, and Bill Berry, who juggles while sword
swallowing! The show will start at
1:30 pm with an official swallow at 2:27 pm to coincide with the 2/27 date. Ripley’s
Orlando Odditorium is located at 8201 International Dr. The sword swallowing
performances will be FREE, but admission is required to tour the Odditorium.
This will be the 9th annual World Sword Swallower’s Day celebration,
founded by the Sword
Swallowers Association International (SSAI) in partnership with Ripley's Believe It or Not!
The event was created to recognize the handful of
people in the world who can swallow swords, an ancient art that dates back some
4,000 years. The day also raises awareness of the contributions sword
swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science and raises money for
esophageal cancer research.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has long chronicled the incredible
feat of sword swallowing. Sword swallowers were prominently featured at the
very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair