Transcript for Sword Swallowing, The Ultimate 'Don't Try This At Home'
Finally, a little something to get you fired up on a Friday night. While it involves fire in your face, swords down the throat -- wait, it's way more popular than I just made it sound. Brooklyn's coney island is full of attractions not for the faint of heart. But there's one act in the circus sideshow that tops them all. Ray valence is the resident sword swallower. It's the ultimate "Don't try this at home." Down the hatch! Without a scratch. Reporter: During the course of a typical show day, ray will swallow a sword about 25 times. Someone who says that I'm risking my health swallowing swords would be absolutely right. Because I am doing that every single time I swallow a sword. I do it so that I can entertain people. I have to defy death in the process, so be it. Reporter: Believe it or not more people are willing to take that risk. Shows like "American horror story freak show" have put the act back in the spotlight. Soaped performers and newcomers alike flock to the coney island sideshow school to learn the hottest acts. To them the $1,000 tuition fee is well worth it to pick up the secrets of the trade from the professor, Adam reelman. What you're about to see, ladies and gentlemen, is the single most does thing in a circus sideshow, known as sword swallowing. There's been a few major injuries. Every so often you'll hear of sword swallowers ripping their insides out. Reporter: For the students it's part of the draw. You have to be in control of something dangerous. It looks fantastic. You want to be nice and relaxed. Reporter: They start slow with bent coat hangers. When they master that they charge on to the heavy artillery. The stakes are high. Internal bleeding, a punctured esophagus, perforated lungs, and death can all happen if something goes awry. But Adam says they can get there with a little practice and a lot of determination.
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