News, but not the serious kind
Taking a stab at a swordid business?
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.