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 Cristal2408 »

Neither, for me, it is more like a skill. Those who do it, risk their lives doing it, but if I said it was a trick, I would be underrating it.
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Post by Emie Cuevas »

As I used to have a friend that performed this feat on many occasions, I can quite definitely say that it is an art that can be taught. I never tried it myself but it has something to do with adopting the correct posture so that everything is in alignment.
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Post by Charlaigne »

I'm thinking it's an art because it involves practise. Trickery to me implies illusion. There's no illusion here I don't think, it's a question of controlling what I think are involuntary muscles.
So to me, I'd say an art.
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Post by Spatial Douglas 1 »

This question is has a two-legged answer. If your question is in reference to Duke, then it is an art but outside Duke, Sword swallowing most times are tricks than art. But the very essence should be an art an extreme one at that but proliferation of tricks have outnumbered the art.
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Zain A Blade wrote: 02 May 2018, 14:17 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.
No, I do believe sword swallowing is a trick used in circus shows.
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Post by SparklesonPages »

I would certainly lean towards sword swallowing being a skill. It is a dangerous art that has to be learnt.
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Post by Leyla »

I still am not sure. I have seen them do it. I wish I could hold the sword to see if it is real, and not one of those that retrack when it hits something solid.

How can a sword go down someone's throat? I need a doctor's opinion. Is it possible? Is there a technique? I am truly baffled.
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Post by bruin »

I think it's a skill that can be taught, but I don't think anyone can do it. I guess it's an artful trick. I think that there is an actual method to follow in order to avoid injury. I don't think it's an illusion.
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Post by Cecilia_L »

Depending on the experience and skill of the sword swallower, I would say it could be either a trick or an art.
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Post by LV2R »

It seems that sword swallowing must be real, though I still don't understand how it is done. Duke practiced swallowing things before he swallowed a sword. He also got cut up bad when he tried to swallow a sword on the TV show, as I recall.
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Post by samical6 »

I feel that any trick holds deception behind it. I think it ties into alcoholism. Addicts live life as a constant circus. Think about how that relates to this.
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Post by Rosemary Wright »

After I reading the book, I feel sword swallowing is a trick. I don't think anyone can swallow a sword without getting hurt.
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Post by Ibeh12 »

Sword swallowing is suicidal act on its own. It's too dangerous to be considered to be an art form.
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Post by prinjeh18 »

I guess, it is an art and a trick, but it must be practiced by professionals. It can be learned for today everything Is possible.
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Post by Jennifer Fernandez »

I think it goes both way. If the person is actually swallowing a sword then yes, it is art. Imagine doing that without harming yourself. BUt if it's just a deception then not. I read somewhere the swords where not sharp and they used lubricants but I don't know how true is that.
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