Sword Swallower - Space Cowboy
Circus available for hire, based in Queensland
The Space Cowboy is one of the world’s most extreme sword swallowers and performer of fakir and sideshow stunts. He is known as “The pain proof wonder”, “The man with the iron stomach”, and “One of the worlds most bizarre human curiosities” The Space Cowboy never fails to thrill, shock and amaze his audiences.
Swallowing multiple swords, table legs, and balloons that can be heard to pop through his neck, via a large pointed spike forced down his throat and a microphone, this is just the beginning to his incredible skills. Remarkably he also swallows a 72 cm sword blade all the way to the hilt (believed to be the longest sword swallow in the world), and glass neon tubes that are powered by 2000volts of electricity, the light shines so brightly you can see them glow red through his skin from the inside… and these are still just the entree, in the smorgesboard of oddities that The Space Cowboy performs. Swinging a 50 litre beer keg from meet hooks through his flesh, and dragging great weights from nothing but fish hooks in his eye sockets is as much an adrenalin rush for his audience as it is for the Space Cowboy.
The space Cowboy performs a variety of the traditional sideshow stunts as well as many of the sacred ritual acts of the Indian fakirs, and witchdoctors. Like “The Human Pin Cushion” and “The Painless Wonder”, this can involve hundreds of kebab skewers and hypodermic needles pushed through his flesh. “The Human Block Head” is the act of hammering six inch nails directly into your face The Space Cowboy also does this with an electric drill, via his nasal cavity. He performs stunts on beds of nails, on beds of swords.
In 2002 The Space Cowboy was challenged by ‘Ripley’s believe it or not’ to attempt a seemingly impossible stunt. He was challenged to to dag a man the length of the Morrell bridge that crosses the entire width of the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia (110m). The Space Cowboy took the challenge and succeeded. In doing so he gained a new world record for an unprecedented endurance test, this can be still be seen on the ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not TV Show’.
The Space Cowboy performs full body suspensions (His entire weight swinging in the air from two shark-hooks inserted into his flesh), a performance installation inspired by the Native American ‘Sun dance’ (a religious ceremony that include young men being ritually pierced as a flesh offering).
The Space Cowboy performs an impressive range of sword swallowing stunts and is a multiple ‘Guinness World Record Holder’ for sword swallowing including the Guinness World Record for the most swords ever swallowed at the same time (17 swords), and he holds the ‘World’s first’ title for many other sword swallowing stunts like ‘the Worlds First Under Water Sword Swallow (Performed in a tank full of live sharks). One of The Space Cowboy’s most death defying swallows is a 60cm 2000volt glass tube with a microphone on the end (you can hear his gag reflex opening and his heart beating as it shines through his skin from the inside), He also holds the Guinness World Record for ‘The most weight suspended from a swallowed sword’, he suspends heavy gas canisters weighing 22.4kg from a swallowed sword. “The Black and Decker Digestion Wrecker” is a sword swallowing stunt with a spinning sword blade inserted into an electric drill!
"The Space Cowboy is one of the most breathtaking acts that this festival has ever seen. His charm, charisma and ability are unrivalled and I could not being to recommend him enough. He is the only performer in the world that has held the title of Street Performance World Champion twice and deservedly so. If you bring the Space Cowboy to your event or festival there is no doubt that he will be the star of your show.
From a photo call that we arranged for with the Space Cowboy the total media that was received was independently valued at €320,000. I think that it is pretty safe to say that no street performers in the world have that kind of attraction to the media." Mark Duckenfield (Director of the 'Street Performance World Championship')
"The Space Cowboy delivered an awe-inspiring delight. Definitely the best act of the festival." The New Zealand Herald –Feb. 2nd 2007