Most of us are do not swallow swords or know anyone that does but for those that do this day is for you. In fact the Sword Swallowers Association International reports that there are less than a few dozen full time professional sword swallowers that are actively performing around the world today. But for one day a year, February 25, 2017 the world will have the rare opportunity to witness them defy death and do what they do the best -- as a group swallow swords.
Sword Swallowing originated in India and requires the practitioner to use mind over matter techniques to repress natural reflexes in order to insert solid steel blades that are 15 to 25 inches long. The sword blade will travel down the esophagus and into the stomach.
Sword Swallowing has been a talent that has been performed over 4000 years. The dangerous act those that perform them are taking risks. In 1868 a sword swallower was used by a Dr. from Frelburg Germany to help develop the first rigid endoscope. In 1906 a sword swallower underwent the first esophageal electrocardiogram in Wales. So they are doing more than performing acts they are helping to save lives. Those that swallow swords are still active in raising money for subjects such as esophageal cancer, sysphagia, GERD and other upper gastro intestinal and swallowing disorders.