Taking a stab at a swordid business?

March 19, 2009

Today we have a video clip of a sword swallower who says – now prepare to be stunned – it’s a dangerous thing to do.

No way! Who the heck would have figured that giving yourself a colonoscopy with 30 inches of cold steel could be dangerous?

This guy even goes so far as to say sword swallowing is a “dying art,” which is kind of a masterpiece of irony. You have to listen carefully to understand him, because I believe he’s missing a tongue.

He also tells us that what he loves about it is watching the audience reaction. I’m guessing it’s good to remember not to take a bow in the middle of the act, though.

The reason I’m mentioning this is that I get a lot of questions from recent college grads asking about careers in this particular area of show biz, and my advice is always the same:

If you majored in creative writing or film studies, go for it. Otherwise, you can probably do better.

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Swallow swords… That is a good job.
I would like to see an X-Ray of the guy when the sword is in is body…


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I think a colonoscopy might be putting the sword in the other end. While I agree watching somone give themselves a gastroscopy is kinda gross, a colonoscopy would be a lot worse…

Posted by Kim | Report as abusive

It would be a big help if Bobby could get his anatomy straight. If someone were stupid enough to sit on a 30″ blade with a video chip on the tip, it MIGHT constitute a sigmoidoscopy, hardly a colonoscopy.

On the other hand, swallowing such a device, a time honored tradition albeit without the chip, MIGHT constitute an esophagoscopy. Needless to say, the latter is much safer than the former, the risk being comparable to an old-time rigid esophagoscopy.

It should be noted that the skills for performing these rigid procedures are rapidly passing away in favor of flexible fiberoptic examinations.

Posted by gwmc | Report as abusive

This is better and any sword swallower


Posted by zapster | Report as abusive

Esophagus/Colon … I think either is valid.

It all depends on which end you’re talking out of, right?

Posted by JD | Report as abusive

Why would anyone want to do that?

Posted by Jonas | Report as abusive

What, no ketchup?

Ah…but can he swallow an umbrella? THAT’S an impressive feat! Just ask the dude I saw on an episode of 1000 Ways To Die. Oh wait. He’s dead. You can’t ask him. My bad.

Posted by K | Report as abusive