Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Celebrates the 10th Annual ‘World Sword Swallower’s Day’

Watch sword swallowers perform death-defying feats at Ripley’s Baltimore Odditorium.

Baltimore, Md. – Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums will again be home to a majority of the world’s sword swallowers as they demonstrate their death-defying skills to mark World Sword Swallower’s Day on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

This will be the tenth year that Ripley’s has hosted the event, which celebrates the 4,000-year-old art and honors the few people in the world who risk their lives every time they swallow a sword.

Tyler Fyre at Ripley's Believe it of Not! for World Sword Swallower's Day
Sword swallower extraordinaire Tyler Fyre.

The event also recognizes the contributions that sword swallowers have made to medicine and science. There are only a few dozen people in the world able (and willing) to swallow swords.

“Sword swallowers have been prodded and examined by doctors and scientists in the name of science for the past 150 years, often without being recognized for their contributions,” said Dan Meyer, President, Sword Swallower’s Association International. “We want to change that. That’s one of the reasons we celebrate World Sword Swallower’s Day.”

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will host sword swallowers at more than a dozen of its Odditoriums, providing FREE shows for the public.

In Baltimore, Maryland’s own Christopher Scarborough will lead a group of sword swallowers demonstrating their death-defying skills. The show will start at 2:00 pm with the Big Swallow finale at 2:25 pm. The show is FREE and will take place at Ripley’s Baltimore Odditorium.

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.