I was with my family at the St Kilda Twilight Markets on the 11th of December 2011 when we stood mesmerised by a young performer who was entertaining the crowd with some astonishing and dangerous feats. The crowd was huge, their attention fully on him, their voices producing the appropriate 'oohs' and 'aaahhs' as Aerial Manx went on to dazzle us with his professionalism and captivating narrative as he entertained us. Little did I know at the time that this young man was not your everyday street entertainer.
At the end of the show my son said to me 'now there's a story for you mum', and I'm glad he insisted that we stop to meet this extraordinary young man. Newly wed in October 2014, his wife Alyssa (Sweet Syrup Events 0421 402 295, firstname.lastname@example.org) represents Aerial Manx, The World's Only Sword Swallowing Acrobat. His accomplishments are many and he holds just as many sword swallowing records. If you're searching for articles about him you will find that there has been a lot written, some noteworthy ones from the Herald Sun, The Australian Circus Artists Directory, and Coffs Harbour Buskers.
He starting learning how to swallow the sword at the age of 17 and had mastered it 3 years down the track. This led to him achieving several world records including a Guinness World Record for the most back flips in 1 minute with a sword down his throat. In case you're wondering how many back flips, it was 20. By the time Aerial Manx had performed at the Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival in September 2014, he had travelled through 9 countries and performed in all those countries over a 4 month period.
According to his Facebook page, some of the venues and festivals Aerial Manx will be performing at are the World Sideshow Festival in May 2015 in Ballarat and the Fringe World Festival and the WA Circus Festival, both in late January 2015 and in Western Australia. I've included a couple of videos for you to enjoy that will show you far better than I could explain the magnificence that is Manx.
If ever you see him performing in a public place like the lawns of a festival like I did, do freely show this talented young man your full appreciation and acknowledge his craft, his professional performance, not to mention his entertaining and engaging M.C. skills at his own show. It's a fact that this is how he earns a living and it's tough enough for an artistic performer to have to talk about and ask for his hard earned money performing dangerous feats for your enjoyment. You can be sure you'll be getting more than your moneys worth with Aerial Manx. Catch him if you can as he does travel the world with his performance.
My daughter and myself with Aerial Manx at the St Kilda Twilight Markets ion 11 Dec 2014