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 yonyan0314 » 30 May 2018, 11:54

They are both the same why ? because sword swallowing could be an art, through the performer's mind its an art because it his passion to this thing. And in the other side it could be trick because sometimes people always thinks it is only a trick to make us amaze to the performer because some people can do it and some are not.

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Post by mdamu reader » 31 May 2018, 03:26

according to me i thing its an act,that`s why the performer puts a lot of practice to master the act that if not well mastered it can lead to fails which results to accidents

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Post by cristinaro » 31 May 2018, 05:20

Duke definitely wants us to think it is the real thing and he keeps repeating that there are ony 14 sword swallowers left who know the ins and outs of this art. I would say it is merely a trick as I've also read how he carefully plans his performance and has a rehearsed monologue repeated to thousands to make the audience believe in the power of the illusion. I've been reading about this and I've learnt that it could be a gimmick with special trick swords, but this is not always the case. Considering that Duke got hurt and at some point he couldn't perform his act anymore, he must have been doing the real thing.
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Post by book_worm 101 » 31 May 2018, 17:47

I believe that sword swallowing can only be done by few people, but has to be learned and practiced In order to achieve greatness. Therefore, it is an art and a trick all balled up in one.

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Post by lesler » 31 May 2018, 17:52

I think it is an art, because not everyone can even be taught to do it. You have to have the correct physical traits to be able to swallow swords.

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Post by Social Butterfly » 01 Jun 2018, 12:42

I name myself the skeptical soul and therefore believe that sword swallowing is definitely a trick as it is scientifically impossible

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Post by eri1 » 01 Jun 2018, 13:19

Zain A Blade wrote:
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After reading the book (or at least the review), are you convinced that the character, Duke Raynolds, is not a fraud? Do you believe that sword swallowing is a practice that can actually be taught and learned? I'd love to hear your take on this.
Magic exists and yes sword swallowing is done by people who have the magical skill. people do so many crazy things in this world and sword swallowing is part of it

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Post by Dael Reader » 03 Jun 2018, 10:07

If a real sword is used, I would say the swallowing part is a skill. The art would lie in crafting the show you put on for the audience while demonstrating the skill. I agree with others who say it would be a trick if a collapsible sword is being used to deceive others. But there can be an artistry to tricks as well. We know that a magician is deceiving our senses in some way. But we can still be entertained by the show he puts on.

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Post by Helen_Combe » 06 Jun 2018, 01:00

I think it’s an art. I saw a sword swallower swallow a neon light and it lit up his throat and chest. Pretty convincing.
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Post by KristyKhem » 06 Jun 2018, 12:03

I think its an art, not a trick! It can be fatal, but I am certain it can be learned. Also, I'm sure everyone who does it has a terrible sore throat afterward.

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Post by Kibetious » 06 Jun 2018, 14:31

Nop. I am not convinced. I feel that it is more of a trick than an act. It would seem unimaginable to see one swallowing a sword despite the mastery of skills by various acrobats and 'magicians'.
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Post by Kibetious » 06 Jun 2018, 14:33

cristinaro wrote:
31 May 2018, 05:20
Duke definitely wants us to think it is the real thing and he keeps repeating that there are ony 14 sword swallowers left who know the ins and outs of this art. I would say it is merely a trick as I've also read how he carefully plans his performance and has a rehearsed monologue repeated to thousands to make the audience believe in the power of the illusion. I've been reading about this and I've learnt that it could be a gimmick with special trick swords, but this is not always the case. Considering that Duke got hurt and at some point he couldn't perform his act anymore, he must have been doing the real thing.
This is a nice perspective of view on the whole practice of sword swallowing in the book. It sounds more realistic when viewed from this angle.
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Post by BriennaiJ » 06 Jun 2018, 15:25

I definitely believe that it is an art. He has to train so hard if he is swallowing actual swords. However, if they were collapsible, then it would be a trick.

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Post by Elle Howard » 06 Jun 2018, 18:34

I think sword swallowing is a trick for some and a skill for others. It all depends on the artist, the audience and the illusion they want to create. I consider sword swallowing like magicians. Some are amazing. Others, not so much.
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Post by Morgan Jones » 06 Jun 2018, 20:01

To me, it's a bit of both to be honest. I admire people who can actually do it and I never understood the trick behind it (because there must be a trick he's swallowing a whole sword! That's not possible even if the sword was fake or not!). All in all, I have to admit it's very impressive to witness.
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