Anatomical Considerations of Sword Swallowing

Many people, including Harry Houdini, think that sword swallowing is just a gimmick and that the performers use a collapsible sword. Sword swallowing is very real. The swords are dull, but still pointed and must be a minimum of 38 cm (just over a foot) in length. Sword swallowing is inherently dangerous because of the important organs the sword passes by during the swallow.