Dan Meyer and Will Rotten will perform a free sword-swallowing show at Orlando's Odditorium. Their show will start at 1:30 p.m., building to an official "swallow" that will take place at 2:25 p.m. Ripley's venues in St. Augustine; New York City; Hollywood, Calif.; Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Branson, Mo.; Nigara Falls, Ontario, Canada; and London, England, will also participate.
And Ripley's is a natural fit. Sword swallowers were featured at the first Believe It or Not at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933.
"There, three performers, two of whom were women, mesmerized the huge crowds," says Tim O'Brien, vice president of communications for Ripley Entertainment Inc.. Ripley's has been home to sword swallowers around the world ever since."
In other Ripley's news, the I-Drive attraction has announced that the stay of the famed fertility statues has been extended. The 5-foot tall wooden statues were acquired from the Ivory Coast and placed in the lobby of Ripley Entertainment's headquarters in Orlando in 1993. Within months, 13 women, including staffers and office visitors, were pregnant. The statues have been on public display in multiple U.S. locations and Europe. The number of people who say the statues helped them get pregnant has grown to almost 3,000.
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Visitors can see the statues without charge in the lobby of the Orlando museum, which is located at 8201 International Drive. For more information, go to www.ripleys.com/orlando.