Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Celebrates “World Sword Swallowers Day” in Orlando on February 23

ripleys-swordswalloRipley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums worldwide will be celebrating 6th annual World Sword Swallower’s Day on February 23, with a free show featuring actual sword swallowing.

Sword swallower Chris Steele will headline a free show outside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Orlando. 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.

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!

“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.”

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium is located at 8201 International Drive.

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