April 18, 2014

Who Said That?

Florida's quote of the day

| 2/13/2013

"I was running away from being comfortable."

-- Tommy Breen

It took Tommy Breen three years to learn how to swallow a sword.

In the decade since, he has had few injuries, none serious.

It's mostly just uncomfortable, he said. A feeling made slightly worse when the sword sinks a little too deep — like the time an audience member accidentally pushed rather than pulled the blade out.

Still, it's hard not to cringe at the sight of a man sliding a solid blade of steel down his throat. But that's exactly the reaction Breen looks for.

Breen is manager of the World of Wonders Sideshow, a traveling carnival attraction performing at the Florida State Fair through Feb. 18. The Gibsonton-based act has performed across the country for more than 60 years. Now, it's one of the last of its kind.

Read more at the Tampa Bay Times.

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