More than 20 sword swallowers will be â€śdropping swordsâ€ť at Ripleyâ€™s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums worldwide Â on February 23, in celebration of the 6th annualÂ World Sword Swallowerâ€™s Day.
World Sword Swallowerâ€™s Day was founded by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) and is co-sponsored byÂ Ripleyâ€™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, performances typically start around 1:30 local time and culminate with an official â€śswallowâ€ť that will take place at 2:23:13 p.m. to coincide with the 2/23/13 date.
â€śWe established World Sword Swallowerâ€™s Day to honor this ancient art and recognize the few people in the world who can do this,â€ť explains Dan Meyer, a sword swallower whose amazing featsÂ have been chronicled by Ripleyâ€™s Believe It or Not!.Â â€śWe also raise awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science and raise money for esophageal cancer research.â€ť
Ripleyâ€™s Believe It or Not! has a long history of highlighting the death-defying achievements of sword swallowers â€“ going back 80 years.
â€śSword swallowers were a big part of the very first Ripleyâ€™s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago Worldâ€™s Fair in 1933,â€ť said Tim Oâ€™Brien, VP of Communications for Ripley Entertainment Inc. â€śThere, three performers, two of whom were women, mesmerized the huge crowds. Ripleyâ€™s has been home to sword swallowers around the world ever since.â€ť