Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium
8201 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
Other, Performing Arts
More than 20 sword swallowers will be "dropping swords" at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditoriums worldwide on February 23, in celebration of the 6th annual World Sword Swallower's Day.
In excess of 125 feet of solid steel is set to go down the hatch - hopefully without a scratch!
World Sword Swallower's Day was founded by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) and is co-sponsored by Ripley's Believe It or Not!
On February 23, sword swallowers from around the world will be putting on free shows at nearly 20 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums worldwide.
In Orlando, sword swallower Chris Steele will headline a free show outside Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium, located at 8201 International Drive. The show will start at 1:30 pm with an official "swallow" at 2:23:13 p.m. to coincide with the 2/23/13 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," said Tim O'Brien, VP of Communications for Ripley Entertainment Inc. "There, three performers, two of whom were women, mesmerized the huge crowds. Ripley's has been home to sword swallowers around the world ever since."
People can also try swallowing a sword on their own - virtually - thanks to the new Ripley's Believe It or Not! app which features iSword. This cutting edge technology allows users to test their lightning-fast reactions and nerves of steel to score points and freak out their friends, all on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It's all the fun without any of the danger! Instructions on how to use the app will be provided at each World Swallower's Day event so we can all swallow together!
For more information, visit www.ripleys.com/orlando.