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Ripley’s Odditoriums Go Deep Into Excitement on World Sword Swallower’s Day

Orlando, FL, USA — It’s edgy. It takes mettle – and metal. It is sword swallowing, and once again Ripley’s Believe It or Not! honors this ancient art by celebrating World Sword Swallower’s Day on Saturday, February 22.

More than 20 sword swallowers will risk their lives when they “drop swords” at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums across North America onFebruary 22. In all, more than 125 feet of solid steel will go down the hatch – hopefully without a scratch!

Participating Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums include Hollywood, New York City, Baltimore, Gatlinburg, Myrtle Beach, Grand Prairie, Key West, St. Augustine, Panama City Beach and Branson. There will also be a performance at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, which will be hosting The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibit.

Performances typically start around 2:00 pm local time and culminate with an official swallow that takes place at 2:22:14 to coincide with the 2/22/14 date.

This will be the 7th annual World Sword Swallower’s Day celebration, founded by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) and co-sponsored by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

“We established World Sword Swallower’s Day to honor this ancient art and recognize the few people in the world who can do this,” explains Dan Meyer, a sword swallower whose amazing feats  have been chronicled by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!.  “We also raise awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science and raise money for esophageal cancer research.”
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has a long history of highlighting the death-defying achievements of sword swallowers – going back 80 years.  Sword swallowers were a big part of the very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, as performers mesmerized huge crowds.

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.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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