Sally Marvel is a Chicago-based sideshow and burlesque performer and producer. She is one of approximately 50 known female sword swallowers world wide! She has performed on WGN-TV and appeared as a fire dancer on FOX’s Empire in the episode Sound & Fury.

Sally has performed across Chicagoland and the U.S. independently, with Zhantra Entertainment, and with the world renowned Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue. Locally, she is the resident performer and producer for “Vaudeville” Thursdays at Bordel. Vaudeville was voted one of the hottest burlesque shows in Chicago by the Thrillist with specific mention given to her sword swallowing, fire eating, and human pincushion acts. She was also pictured in The Chicago Reader’s 2014 “Best of Music and Nightlife” write up. Sally’s other productions include “Cabaret A Go-Go” Fridays at Bordel and “Bikes & Burlesque” at Holiday Club. She is a specialty entertainer with Zhantra Entertainment Chicago. Her skills include:


Sword Swallowing

Western Arts:

Whip Cracking

Pain Proof:

Bed of Nails


Glass Walking

Human Pincushion

Mental Floss

Sword Ladder

Fire & Pyrotechnics:

Angle Grinding

Fire Belt

Fire Breathing

Fire Eating

Fire Fans

Fire Parasol

Fire Whip

Fire Wings

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 performer community. Proof of insurance is available upon request.

Notable Appearances

Festivals/ Events:

4 Hands Brewery’s Lupulin Carnival (St. Louis, 2015-2018)
Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival with Emily Autumn (Chicago, 2015)
Awesome Biker Nights (Sioux City, 2016)
Bondage Ball (Pittsburgh, 2017)
City Winery Holiday Party (Chicago, 2017, 2018)
Dirty Show (Detroit, 2017)
Founders Brewing Co’s Founders Fest (Grand Rapids, 2017)
Freaky Deaky (Chicago, 2016)
Journelle Chicago’s 2 Year Anniversary (Chicago, 2017)
Leo Burnett Breakfast (Chicago, 2015, 2016)
Lollapalooza Side Show (Chicago, 2014-17)
Mama Tried Motorcycle Show (Milwaukee, 2018)
Motoblot (Chicago, 2017)
Naughty Gras (St. Louis, 2016, 2017)
New Belgium Brewing Co.’s Tour de Fat (Chicago, 2017)
River City Rockfest 6 (San Antonio, 2016)
The Steampunks World Fair (New Jersey, 2014)
Stern Pinball Epic 30th Anniversary Extravaganza (Chicago, 2016)
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)

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)
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”.


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


A.J. Olson. 106 Pieces of Nude Photomanipulation Artwork. Jun. 2016.
Chicago Reader, Jun. 26 2014. “Best of Music and Nightlife.”

E-MURGE, Oct. 2014. “The Lost Girls”.
Gorgeous Freaks, Issue 27. Mar. 2014. “The Blue Room.”
Gothesque Magazine. Aug. 2015. “Death and Flowers”
Milwaukee Alt. Summer Edt. Aug. 2014
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”.