Johnny Fox (performer)
Johnny Fox (November 13, 1953 – December 17, 2017) was an American professional sword swallower and sleight of hand expert. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was raised in Hartford, Connecticut.
Fox began performing magic and comedy while working as a waiter in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He was inspired by Harry Houdini. Fox could swallow up to 22 inches of steel. Fox was the resident sword-swallower at the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, and performed there from 1981 through 2017.
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