Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Celebrates World Sword Swallowers Day (event is expired)
Ripley's Believe It or Not!Neighborhood: Midtown West / Theater District234 W 42nd St (Btwn 7th Ave & 8th Ave)New York, NY 10036(212) 398-3133
Description:The real men and women of steel are back again to celebrate the ancient art of sword swallowing on World Sword Swallowing Day, Saturday, February 22 at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square, located at 234 West 42nd Street. The show will start at 1:30 p.m. with an official “swallow” at 2:22:14 p.m. to coincide with the 2/22/14 date.
More than 20 sword swallowers will risk their lives when they “drop swords” at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums during 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 all, more than 125 feet of solid steel will go down the hatch…hopefully without a scratch.
“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.Dates and times:Saturday, February 23 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PMSaturday, February 22 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PMCost:Free with Museum admissionEvent website:www.ripleysnewyork.com/media/news/worldswordswallowersday/