The Space Cowboy

Karen Tregoning

Bentleigh, Australia

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The Space Cowboy is a world record-breaking sideshow, street, and freak show performer born in Byron Bay in Australia. He has won the Street Performance World Championship twice in a row.

He has broken six world records, including most swords swallowed (17), then broke that record again, this time scoring 27 swords at the Irish Street Performance Festival (although this 27 swords record is unofficial) and on 8 February 2010 the BBC recorded that he broke this official world record by swallowing 18 swords. He also broke the longest distance pulling 400 kg by fishhooks in his eye sockets. He also holds the record for heaviest weight lifted while swallowing a sword. Other records include most sword swallowers swallowing the same object simultaneously (the four steel legs of the same bar stool, with three other people).4

The Space Cowboy holds many “world firsts” such as first double sword swallow, first sword swallow underwater, and his signature trick “The Black and Decker Digestion Wrecker” a power drill with sword attachment which he swallows, and first person to publicly swallow a sword underwater in a tank of live sharks. He was also reported to be the youngest working sword-swallower in Australia, when he was 22 years old.

This photo was taken in January 2009 at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3.

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