Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Celebrate "World Sword Swallower's Day" with Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Mark your calendars for February 27th and plan a day in St.Augustine , Florida.  Get ready to take in the wonders of sword swallowing.  Ripley's believe it or not will be hosting performances during to day of February 27th to pay tribute to this ancient art.  Check it out!

Ripleys Sword Swallowing Day    
Celebrate "World Sword Swallower's Day" with
Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Ripley's St. Augustine Odditorium hosts free sword swallowing performances on February 27
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 Day on SaturdayFebruary 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 the world. 

World Sword Swallowing Day
Chris Steele performing at Ripley's St. Augustine
In St. Augustine, Chris Steele will be performing with his wife. Together they're the Captain and Maybelle - America's favorite sideshow couple - swallowing swords and performing other incredible feats. The show will start at 2:00 pm with an official swallow at 2:27 pm to coincide with the 2/27 date. Ripley's St. Augustine Odditorium is located at 19 San Marco 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 in 1933.           

Click here for images from previous World Sword Swallower's Day events and here for video highlights.

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