Check out the death-defying skill of sword swallowing at a free event at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Baltimore this weekend.
Ripley’s will pay tribute to the ancient art of sword swallowing by holding free sword swallowing performances as part of World Sword Swallower’s Day on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.
Ripley’s will showcase sword swallowers from all over the world at many of its Odditoriums. In Baltimore, Thrill Kill Jill and Tyler Fyre will lead a group of sword swallowers who will show off their skills. The show will start at noon and there will be an official group “swallow” at 1 p.m.
This will be the 8th annual World Sword Swallower’s Day celebration, founded by the Sword Swallowers Association International and co-sponsored by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
“We established World Sword Swallower’s Day to recognize the handful of people in the world who can do this and honor this art that is more than 4,000 years old,” said Dan Meyer, president of the SSAI.
The event also raises awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science and raises money for esophageal cancer research.
Sword swallowers have long been chronicled by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! as the art was prominently featured at the first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.
Ripley’s Baltimore Odditorium is located at 301 Light Street. The sword swallowing performances will be free, but admission is required to tour the Odditorium. Tickets range from $11.99 to $25.99. For details visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! webste.
People who want to try their hand at sword swallowing — and not risk their lives — can use the Ripley iSword app to swallow a virtual sword and freak out their friends. All it takes is nerves of steel and lightning-fast reflexes. The app is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch iOS 5 or later.