Brad Byers

  • Performance
    Variety Show Marvel, sideshow, sword swallower, juggler,
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Sword Swallowing
Human Toolbox
Pulling a Swan Through the Nose
Walking and Jumping on Broken Glass
Fun with a Staple Gun
Bed of Nails
Propane Blow Torch Extinguished on Tongue
Smashing Finger with Canned Goods
Animal Traps Snapping on Hands and Forearm
Mouse Trap Snapped on Tongue
Stop Metal Fan Blades with Tongue
Tarantula or Scorpion in Mouth
Juggling Various Items
Finger Spinning
Chin Balancing
Rola Bola Balancing
Unicycle Riding
Grandmaster Yo-Yo Artistry
Throwing & Tossing Spinning Tops
Straight Jacket Escape while Hula Hooping
Brad Byers is known worldwide as a Sword Swallower. He has several Guinness World Records for sword swallowing. He is the only person on Earth who swallows 10 swords, 1 sword at a time placed down his esophagus, and then twists all 10 swords in place! Other sword swallowers will not even attempt such a feat as it is too dangerous.
Brad performs a wide selection of acts which can be appropriately tailored for any venue.
Brad can also swallow a WWI British bayonet, Kris sword (wavey bladed), swords without handles, Scimitar (curved bladed) sword, coat hangers, and keyhole saws; all without harming himself! He has proven that he uses real blades by having x-rays taken with the swords in place. The inserted objects go all with way down into his stomach! He even invites television show hosts to actually push the swords down!
Brad is the ORIGINATOR and World Record Holder of the electric power drill act. Guinness World Records has named only him “THE HUMAN TOOLBOX.” No other world record attempts will be considered in this category due to the high risk of serious injury or loss of life.
BROKEN GLASS: Brad walks, jumps, and puts his face on this.
FUN WITH THE STAPLE GUN: Brad staples playing cards to his bare flesh.
STEEL ANIMAL TRAPS: snapped on fingers, hands, arm, and tongue.
FAN STOP: Brad uses his tongue to stop metal fan blades at high speed.
BED OF NAILS: Up to 18 people sit on Brad. He also juggles on this!
PROPANE BLOW TORCH: Brad puts a propane blow torch out on his tongue!
“Tarantulas and to some degree scorpions don’t like to be blown on. Touch is very important to a tarantula because their sight is very poor. In the wild a touch or air disturbance is a danger signal and causes a fight or flight response. Tarantulas have specialized hairs some are barbed for defense. Barbed urticating hairs are very light and brittle so they break off easily. Many tarantulas “kick” these hairs off with their back legs when threatened. The hair can cause severe itching if they make contact with the skin. They are very irritating to the mucus membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat. Some people claim that the itching hairs are worse than the venomous bite! So the worst thing you could do is put a tarantula in your mouth and blow on it. A little prayer at this point may also be a good idea, because although tarantulas are simple minded creatures, they are not always predictable.” Brad Byers
Brad juggles up to 5 objects at once. He also juggles Soccer balls, rings, wine bottles, bowling pins, 16 pound bowling ball and two Ping-Pong balls, apples while eating them at the same time, plates, sharp butcher knives, a ring and ball and bowling pin, and tosses balls through a ring while juggling all three. He also juggles while riding a six foot unicycle.
Brad has mastered over 100 yoyo tricks and has even invented some of his own! He is known for his Grandmaster skill level yoyo tricks. His repertoire highlights include: Sharpshooter: (knocks coin off ear of volunteer with yoyo). Criss Cross: (loop with loop with 2 yoyos at once with lines crossing). Popping Corn: (looks and sounds like the real thing).
Brad keeps a hoop rotating around his midsection and neck while escaping from a regulation Posey brand straightjacket! He juggles bells while keeping a 19 foot hula hoop going around his hips. In fact he performs 3 hula hoops at the same time just to warm up. The routine also includes many maneuvers he invented with a single hula hoop that defy description.
Born and raised in Moscow, Idaho, Brad Byers joined a traveling circus as a juggler, shortly after graduating from high school. Two years later, he left the circus to focus on television and other international venues. In Brad’s constant quest to improve his act, he considered sword swallowing at the age of 21. Brad had never even seen a sword swallower, but borrowed a friend’s college anatomy book for research. After careful study, Brad began measuring swords at the local Army Navy store. Upon finding a sword he believed to be the proper length, Brad asked the clerk if he could give it a try. With only the clerk in the Army Navy store in attendance, and never having watched anyone swallow a sword, Brad swallowed his first sword. Brad still remembers the rush from the sensation of that first time he felt the cold steel in his esophagus. In front of a stunned clerk, Brad pulled out that sword, and said “I’ll take it!”
Brad’s self-taught repertoire of 20 acts began at age 15 with juggling and chin balancing. He became a yo-yo Grand Master in early adulthood. However, it was his sword swallowing skills that landed him his first national television appearance on That’s Incredible in the early 80’s. X-rays have been taken that prove the act is not an illusion! Genuine daredevil acts became a trademark for Byers. Power drilling a bit or hammering a nail into his face, inserting a hook through his nose and swinging an anchor, lying on a bed of nails, walking on broken glass, and spinning large items on the tip of his finger have since been added. Brad actually choreographed and trained actor Johnny Depp for his spinning routine in the motion picture Benny and Joon.
Taped performances of Brad Byers are currently shown in Ripley’s Believe it or Not museums around the world. He has appeared in 5 episodes of the Fox TV show Guinness World Records Prime Time and was featured on Late Night with David Letterman. Brad is so versatile that he appeared on the Peruvian TV show Que Noche every night for a week and performed a different act each night! Brad’s work has taken him to over 20 countries for countless television shows and other venues. Due to his worldwide reputation, the country of Grenada has even pictured him swallowing swords on their official postage stamp.
From the circus to hit TV shows NBC’s America’s Got Talent and the History Channel’s Stan Lee’s Superhuman, Brad Byers has done it all. For the premier episode of NBC’s America’s Got Talent Season 4. Brad Inserted an 18 inch hook into his nose, through his nasal passage, and out his mouth. He then swings a wicked anchor, attached to that same hook! The show’s judges commented, “Wildly entertaining!” and “Enjoyed every second of it!”
Brad Byers has definitely gone from a small town boy to an international performer. Brad can swallow a curved sword, wavy bladed sword, bayonette, keyhole saw, and common wire coat hanger, as well as multiple swords at one time. He holds several Guinness World Records, including swallowing 10 swords (one sword at a time up to a record of 10) then, twisting those swords 180 degrees in his throat! To top it all off, he is the only performer in the in the world to finish this feat by taking a bow before removing those ten swords. It has been stated by some of his peers, that Brad is, “The BEST Living Sword Swallower today!”