Are you convinced that sword swallowing is an art and not a trick?

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Re: Are you convinced that sword swallowing is an art and not a trick?

Post by Turi nacho » 22 May 2018, 18:04

I believe that it's an art of deception where the doer of the deed deceives the audience in making them see what they want to see rather than what really is happening thus making it an art of deception where they believe that nothing is impossible

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Post by onixpam » 22 May 2018, 20:55

Sword swallowing is an old art, there are some people who have converted it into some kind of trick, but after all, it is possible.

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Post by kastle » 23 May 2018, 12:13

Sword swallowing is definitely an art to me. It's something that a lot of people can't do, and you have to have a big throat to really do it. I'm sure some people do it as a trick, but I believe there are professionals out there!

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Post by OneHippieChick » 23 May 2018, 12:47

I'm new here and haven't read the book yet, but I've seen sword swallowing at events before and, as an RN, feel it must be a trick. I just don't know how anyone would be able to safely do it. If it's not a trick, more power to them! lol! Just the thought of it gives me the heebie jeebies.

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Post by Kendra M Parker » 23 May 2018, 17:52

OneHippieChick wrote:
23 May 2018, 12:47
I'm new here and haven't read the book yet, but I've seen sword swallowing at events before and, as an RN, feel it must be a trick. I just don't know how anyone would be able to safely do it. If it's not a trick, more power to them! lol! Just the thought of it gives me the heebie jeebies.
I’m with you on the heebie jeebies. The descriptions in the book of how he learned how to swallow the swords made it seem much more possible to me. Still, that part in the book where he is injured clearly shows me that this is a deadly trick. No, I’m not interested in doing it for any reason. I’m not really even sure I’d like to watch someone try.

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Post by Asen Stoyanchev » 24 May 2018, 02:51

I happen to have a cousin who can do sword swallowing and I can say that when practiced it can develop. So it is certainly not a scam or something misleading. It is a physically demanding skill that can be developed.
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Post by MidnightBasm » 24 May 2018, 08:39

I think that art should be enjoyable and unique. Therefore I think sword swallowing is indeed an art because it manages to capture the audiences attention and to make an impression on them. Duke certainly does that.
I don't believe in magic, but that doesn't stop me to enjoy such performances. They take a lot of hard work and you can't help but appreciate the magician. The artist. I feel the same way about sword swallowing.

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Post by alisonedgee » 24 May 2018, 09:10

i think that it's a mixture of both.
one has to put the time and effort in to learning the skill, yes, but at the same time, different peoples bodies would adapt more easily.
as in, during 'training' some would find it less challenging than others just simply due to genetics.

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Post by Philip Chepsingil » 24 May 2018, 14:50

I wouldn't say either an art or a trick since I have never seen one sword swallower. Had I seen one, I would be able to judge. But, according to this book, the sword swallower tells us how he learned the art from another person in the circus. This indicates that it is an art one can learn. I can't imagine someone swallowing a sword, leave alone swords. Quite ridiculous to me.

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Post by Gurkirat » 25 May 2018, 05:57

Ater readinga a book I am torn between the two, i don't really know if swallowing a sword is an art or a trick,yet Duke was able to swallow five swords at once. Well one thing I am sure of is that whichever category it falls under, i would not contemplate swallowing a pocket knife. A sword! That is definitely beyond limits it was very nice story

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Post by ValBookReviews » 25 May 2018, 13:05

Good question! Upon reading the book, I'm convinced that Duke Reynolds, is not a fraud. I believe and learned through him and as the author that sword swallowing is a dangerous practice that can actually be taught and learned.
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Post by Malodith37 » 26 May 2018, 04:58

Duke did it But we must not be convince that it is not a trick because it goes beyond human reasoning

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Post by KRay93 » 26 May 2018, 10:19

It is an art, a somewhat risky one, but an art nevertheless. Like so many other things in life, there are people who are capable of doing it and there are people who simply can't do it (most of us). I imagine that at the time of learning, several practitioners must have had a sore throat during their first steps.

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Post by Yolimari » 26 May 2018, 12:00

I am sure it must be an art because what I understood was that Duke learned it from another performer when he joined the circus. He started by practicing putting his fingers down his throat until he could control the gag reflex.

And also, he had to retire from sword swallowing because he had the accident that cut his esophagus. He also mentioned several times that many of his fellow sword swallowers died performing.
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Post by Caden Perry » 26 May 2018, 15:22

I feel as though sword swallowing is an art and a trick. I feel as though a trick is an art as long as it can be practiced and improved upon. Whilst still allowing different methods to be used to succeed at it. Sword swallowing can also be a trick in my opinion because it is something that others aren't sure how it can be done. I categorize sword swallowing up to magic tricks. So, I guess that I am convinced that it is an art and a trick at the same time.

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