Photo by Alejandra Guerrero

Sally Marvel is a Chicago-based sideshow and burlesque performer. She is a member of an elite group of dangerous dames being one of approximately 50 known female sword swallowers world wide! Sally has been featured on FOX’s Empire in the Episode Sound & Fury and in The Reverend Horton Heat music video “Hog Tyin’ Woman”. You can also read about her in the Chicago Tribune. She is strange, alluring, and death defying! Her skills include:


Sword Swallowing

Western Arts:

Whip Cracking

Pain Proof:

Bed of Nails


Glass Walking

Human Dartboard

Human Pincushion

Mental Floss

Fire & Pyrotechnics:

Angle Grinding

Fire Eating

Fire Breathing

Fire Dancing (various props)

Fire Whip

Sally Marvel co-produces Vaudeville the Show with AJ Sacco, voted “Chicago’s Best Magician” 3 years in a row. Vaudeville is a rotating theatre of sexy, magical, and weird entertainment showcasing some Chicago’s best burlesque and variety performers every Thursday night at Bordel. Vaudeville was voted one of the hottest burlesque shows in Chicago by the Thrillist with specific mention given to Sally’s sword swallowing, fire eating, and human pincushion acts. The production was also featured in WOW air magazine for international travel. Vaudeville has expanded to include first Mondays at Beauty Bar and appearances at special events near you! Learn more about Vaudeville here.

Sally’s acts are insured by Specialty Insurance Agency. She adheres to the safety protocols and standards outlined by Specialty Insurance Agency as well as the safety standards of the broader fire performance community. Proof of insurance is available upon request. A COI listing relevant parties can be provided with advanced notice.


Notable Appearances

Festivals/ Events:

4 Hands Brewery’s Lupulin Carnival (St. Louis, 2015-2019)
Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival with Emily Autumn (Chicago, 2015)
Awesome Biker Nights (Sioux City, 2016)
Big River Steampunk Festival (Hannibal, MO 2018)
Bondage Ball (Pittsburgh, 2017)
City Winery Holiday Party (Chicago, 2017, 2018)
Dirty Show (Detroit, 2017)
Dutdutan Tattoo Convention with Hellazapoppin’ Circus Sideshow Revue (Dutdutan, Philippines 2018)
Embarc’s Annual Variety Spectacular (Chicago, 2017)
Founders Brewing Co’s Founders Fest (Grand Rapids, 2017)
Freaky Deaky (Chicago, 2016)
Harley Davidson 115 Year Anniversary Party at The Iron Horse Hotel (Milwaukee, 2018)
Journelle Chicago’s 2 Year Anniversary (Chicago, 2017)
Lagunitas Beer Circus (Chicago, 2018)
Lake Shore Harley Davidson’s Friggatriskaidekaphobia (Libertyville, 2017)
Lakeview East Festival Of the Arts (Chicago, 2018)
Leo Burnett Breakfast (Chicago, 2015, 2016)
Lollapalooza Side Show (Chicago, 2014-2018)
Mama Tried Motorcycle Show Weekend at The Iron Horse Hotel (Milwaukee, 2018)
Motoblot (Chicago, 2017-2019)
Naughty Gras (St. Louis, 2016, 2017)
New Belgium Brewing Co.’s Tour de Fat (Chicago, 2017)
Party Like Gatsby (San Diego & Los Angeles, 2019)
Relativity Holiday Party (Chicago, 2018)
River City Rockfest 6 (San Antonio, 2016)
Rubber Ball USA (Minneapolis, 2019)
The Steampunks World Fair (New Jersey, 2014)
Starbird Car Shows (Tulsa 2019)
Stern Pinball Epic 30th Anniversary Extravaganza (Chicago, 2016)
Taste of Lakeview (Chicago, 2018)
Throttle Fest (Chicago, 2013, 2014)
Town Cutler Chicago Grand Opening Celebration (Chicago, 2017)
Triumph Motorcycle’s Back In Black Tour (Chicago, 2017)
Uptake Holiday Party (Chicago, 2017)
Wicker Park Fest (Chicago, 2018)

Tours & Extended Productions:

“Carnival” by Dublin World Wide Productions (Niagra Falls, ON 2018)
“Under the Big Top” with Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (Chicago, 2018)
Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue (US, 2016)

Opening Act for:

CHVRCHES at The 5th Annual Lollapalooza Sideshow (Chicago, 2014)
Grendel Tour (Chicago, 2014)
LCD Soundsystem at The 7th Annual Lollapalooza Sideshow (Chicago 2016)
Leaether Strip Tour (Chicago, 2013)
Little Dragon at The 8th Annual Lollapalooza Sideshow (Chicago, 2017)
Lizzo at the 9th Annual Lollapalooza Sideshow (Chicago, 2018)
Tom Keifer Band & Warrant with Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue (Chicago, 2016)
Vince Neil with Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue (Chicago, 2016)
Zebra Katz at The 6th Annual Lollapalooza Sideshow (Chicago, 2015)


“Sound and Fury”. Empire. FOX.
WGN News. Mar. 14 2015. “St. Patrick’s Day”.
WGN News. Oct. 30 2014. “18th Annual Northhalsted Halloween Parade”.

Music Video:

The Reverend Horton Heat, “Hog Tyin’ Woman”
Them Guilty Aces, “Jawbreaker”

Digital Only:

Thrillist, May 14 2016. “The 11 Hottest Burlesque Shows In Chicago”.
Voyage Chicago, Dec. 6 2018. “Meet Sally Marvel”.
Nylon, Sep. 19 2016 “Alejandra Guerrero Debuts New Clothing Line Featuring Her Fetish Photography: Fashion meets fetish meets function”.

Print & Digital:

A.J. Olson. 106 Pieces of Nude Photomanipulation Artwork. Jun. 2016.
Chicago Reader, Jun. 26, 2014. “Best of Music and Nightlife.”
Chicago Tribune. Mar. 15, 2019. “Chicago’s only sword-swallowing burlesque performer Sally Marvel”
E-MURGE, Oct. 2014. “The Lost Girls”.
Gorgeous Freaks, Issue 27. Mar. 2014. “The Blue Room.”
Gothesque Magazine. Aug. 2015. “Death and Flowers”
Milwaukee Magazine. Dec. 2017. “Staying Alive”.
Strange Beauty Magazine, Issue 7. Mar. 2015
Strange Beauty Magazine, Issue 5. Oct. 2014. “Underbite”.
Strange Beauty Magazine, Issue 4. Sep. 2014. “The Blue Room”.
Strange Beauty Magazine, Issue 3. Aug. 2014. “Devoid and Deveil”.
VintEDGE, Issue 1. Fall 2013. “Devoid and Deveil”.
XPressions. Feb. 2014. “Powder”.