Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the world-famous museum celebrating oddities and amazing feats of all sorts, will once again pay tribute to one of the most dangerous pastimes around by celebrating the ancient art of sword swallowing on World Sword Swallower’s Day.
More than 20 sword swallowers will risk their lives when they drop swords at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums around the world — including right here in Myrtle Beach — on Saturday, Feb. 22.
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In all, more than 125 feet of solid steel will go down the hatch, hopefully without a scratch. 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!
In Myrtle Beach, Erik Kloeker will demonstrate his sword swallowing skills at a free performance at Ripley’s Myrtle Beach Odditorium, located at 901 N. Ocean Blvd. The show will start at 1:30 p.m. with an official “swallow” at 2:22:14 p.m. to coincide with the date.
“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.
Get more details here via the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! website.