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 Carris72 » 07 Jun 2018, 00:08

To me, its a trick. There's no way a human being can swallow a sword without discomfort or injury.

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Post by Julehart1 » 07 Jun 2018, 01:10

I believe sword swallowing is both a skill and a bit of a trick. I'm sure it takes a lot of training. It seems impossible to do it without hurting yourself but people just master it somehow. I don't know what the trick is but it seems very interesting to me.

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Post by Shrabastee » 07 Jun 2018, 04:56

I have never had the chance to witness an act of sword swallowing, nor am I sure that I can handle watching such a dangerous endeavour. The parts in the sample where the author described the instances of sword-swallowing kept me on my toes the entire time. I was afraid that this probably will be the time when Duke accidentally piercss his windpipe! I would like to read about this feat. Thanks for posting those links, I mean to check them out.

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Post by daniya__shah3 » 07 Jun 2018, 06:40

Alright, your topic of discussion is quite amusing. My take on this one is that sword swallowing is an art because in order to perform a trick, you need to be able to understand the art related to that trick. For instance, the more you know about the art of sketching portraits, the easier it will be to figure to tricks to sketch them more accurately and in less time. So yes, it is an art.
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Post by kwahu » 07 Jun 2018, 09:57

I think I concluded this sword-swallowing to be a trick as soon I finished reading the book title. Every profession has some accidents involved in the long run; don't this "sword swallowers" get accidents in this profession? I would love to know how bad it can be.

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Post by stacie k » 07 Jun 2018, 10:34

I believe that sword swallowing is a practice that can be learned, but it is a very dangerous one! That is why so few people actually do it. Duke did not feel tied to any relationships when he began his circus career, thus he was willing to take the risk. I would imagine the learning process begins with something less lethal than a sword.
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Post by KitabuKitamu » 07 Jun 2018, 12:05

Sword swallowing thrives on the shock factor/value. Whether it is real or not most likely the performer is doing it for some form of benefit. I think it is a trick which is presented in an artistic way to draw the best reaction from the audience.

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Post by RebeccasReading » 07 Jun 2018, 13:27

I think it's both! Even as a trick, it takes great skill and practice to pull off. I could certainly never do it!

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Post by SereneCharles » 07 Jun 2018, 16:02

I'm not. I'm convinced it's a trick.
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Post by Acwoolet » 07 Jun 2018, 16:58

I am skeptical of sword swallowing, I think that many people do it as a trick. However, I think that it could also be a learned art, possibly part trick and part art form. I think that it would be something that the sword swallower would have to learn over many years of practice.

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Post by Callistus Ibenye » 07 Jun 2018, 17:30

I don't believe sword swallowing is an art form, it's a tricky act that must required some spiritual undertones.
For something to be an art-form, it should be possible for someone to learn the art.
Trying to learn sword swallowing as an art- form is suicidal.

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Post by kemp1kor » 07 Jun 2018, 18:07

I’m don’t believe Duke is a fraud. I think the practice can be learned, although I would imagine that people start out swallowing fake swords or other objects before graduating to the real thing.

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Post by bookiegalke » 08 Jun 2018, 13:46

forget about learning it as an art, I fail to understand why someone would want a sword in their mouth in the first place. the whole thing just freaks me out
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Post by Sanyesto » 08 Jun 2018, 18:18

I have witnessed with my own eyes such people who even swallow other huge metals, let alone swords. Thus I don't think Duke is a fraud.

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Post by Londera » 08 Jun 2018, 22:44

Its definitely an art. If I try it Ill die. I have no idea how they do it without cutting their esophagus.

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