[Nameplate] Overcast ~ 50°F  
High: 62°F ~ Low: 46°F
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Local man masters the art of sword swallowing?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Troy Deckard, formerly of Bainbridge, demonstrates the technique of sword-swallowing.
Troy Deckard, formerly of Bainbridge, has a new favorite day of the year.

As a practitioner in the art of sword swallowing, Deckard is ecstatic because this Thursday is the inaugural "International Sword Swallower's Day." During this day, sword swallowers are asked to perform and help spread the word of their art.

Deckard began his career as a juggler, progressing into fire eating, and the bed-of-nails trick. From there he wished to add even more to his arsenal, delving into the delectable art of sword swallowing.

"It was unpleasant to learn," admits Deckard.

He claims to have never been seriously injured, only reporting some minor bleeding.

"There are no secrets to sword swallowing, it is real, and the people actually swallow the blade," Deckard clarifies. "People often think the blade folds up, but it is actually swallowed."

Dan Meyer, president of the SSAI, deemed Feb. 28 "International Sword Swallower's Day" to coincide with February being National Swallowing Disorders month. The SSAI donates to the NSD foundation.

Most of Deckard's work is done with the Purdue University Juggling and Unicycle Club, but he wants to make one thing clear: "I treat this as an art form, not a party trick."

Like any great performer of dangerous tricks, he went on to say, "Don't try it at home."

Deckard says that a nice mix of students and faculty generally come out to the Purdue performances.

The Purdue Juggling and Unicycle Club can be found at http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~juggle

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on bannergraphic.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Why would you run a stupid story like this on the frontpage?

-- Posted by nascar_Couple on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 1:48 PM

TROY! Wow! I had no idea you could do that, any of that? Why did you never entertain us in the slow times at work?


-- Posted by rickilynn78 on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 8:22 PM

I don't get it. Why would anyone want to swallow a sword? What is the point?

-- Posted by duallydriver on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 10:17 AM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: