Friday 15 December 2017

Street spectacular not for faint hearted

Katie May Fogarty (5) enjoying Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular
Katie May Fogarty (5) enjoying Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular
Ariel Manx performing. Picture: Bryan Meade
Ariel Manx doing a backflip after swollowing a sword. Picture. Bryan Meade
Pyromancer David Boelee performing. Picture. Bryan Meade

Fiona Ellis

SWORD swallowing, fire breathing, acrobatics and break dancing took over the leafy surrounds of Merrion Square in Dublin with almost 200 people turning out to watch.

The crowds watching sword swallower Aerial Manx needed a strong stomach. It was a show not for the faint-hearted. The six time Guinness World Record holding Sword Swallower does backflips while the blade is lodged in his gullet.

"I love that people don't think it's possible," he said.

"Some people after they see me do it and after I prove the sword is real, they still can't believe it. It's the apparent impossibility of it all I love."


"I was a little bit scared," said nine-year-old Bin Thanh from Berlin after he saw the show. "I wouldn't try it."

Husband and wife team Sophie and Jacob McGrath are the part-acrobatic part-comedy duo Dream State Circus. The pair have been married for 10 years and have a daughter Tehya (3).

"Everything we do in our act has got to do with trust. We argue like everyone, I'm sure, but we can't hold a grudge," said Sophie.

Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular festival, formerly named the Street Performance World Championship also had free street performances, live music and interactive art installations to a petting zoo and all manner of culinary offerings from around the world.

Irish Independent

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