Johnny Fox The Sword Swallower 2011

Johnny Fox

Font Resize Johnny Fox, sword-swallowing 'legend' of Boulder's Pearl Street Mall, dies 'He would hold everyone for 30 minutes at a time, always ending with his signature sword-swallowing routine, and then pass the hat' By John Bear Posted: Fox, 64, died on Sunday in Damascus, Md.

Font Resize Johnny Fox, sword-swallowing 'legend' of Boulder's Pearl Street Mall, dies 'He would hold everyone for 30 minutes at a time, always ending with his signature sword-swallowing routine, and then pass the hat' By John Bear Posted: Fox, 64, died on Sunday in Damascus, Md. Fortunately, someone in the crowd doused the flames with a beer. Fox related that story — likely just one of many during his year stint as a performer on the mall — during a 25th anniversary celebration of the Boulder landmark in He started performing on Pearl Street in the late s, according to friends, and he was often resourceful, living in a converted bus and, at one point, setting up his own light source so he could perform at night.

Fox was perhaps best known as a sword swallower, and he once told a Camera reporter that it took eight months of practice, five minutes at a time, three times a day before his throat muscles relaxed enough to allow a sword to pass through. A Camera photo also shows him sticking a metal rod through his tongue, and he was known to hammer nails into his nose.

As a child, Boulder resident Abby McClelland recalled the Pearl Street performer also being an excellent sleight-of-hand artist and magician. Try as she might, she couldn't figure out his tricks.

Even though he was doing misdirection and I was trying to look where he didn't want me to, I could never figure out how he did some of his tricks. He swallowed a sword and had the person grab the hilt while he walked away. Somewhere along the way, he had stolen the person's watch. He said that Fox went on to considerable fame following his time on Pearl Street and was well-known among magicians.

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His father, an amateur magician, taught him about the craft. He is survived by a son, Kelly. He liked performing for children and sometimes did free shows at juvenile homes. He was well-known in the Renaissance fair community and the Maryland Renaissance Festival recently renamed a stage after him.

For a time, Fox ran the Freakatorium in New York City, a small museum that paid homage to the macabre and included items such as a mummified cat and a glass eye reportedly belonging to Sammy Davis Jr. Peter Irish, who has performed on Pearl Street Mall for the past eight years, said that Fox was a "legend of street theater" and "one of the greatest acts ever to work Pearl Street.

He was, however, extremely warm and friendly to me, and without the ego of a performer of his stature might have. He said that he was in awe of Fox when the two first met, but soon found him to be a kind and caring person and the two became friends. He would go the extra mile, so to speak, and he was an amazing magician and sleight-of-hand performer.

There were all these new guys who never met him. He really left the planet too young as so many people do, leave us early. Fox has held special place for Rosdeitcher because he was just starting his career. It was just magical to me. I've never seen anyone do what he did.

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