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Chicago’s Only Sword Swallowing Burlesque Performer Sally Marvel

Being a naked woman with a sword is always empowering’.

Chicago's Only Sword Swallowing Burlesque Performer Sally Marvel

Sword Swallowing and Death-Defying Burlesque

Chicago’s only active sword swallowing burlesque performer Sally Marvel live on the JAM.

Sword Swallowing and Death-Defying Burlesque

Chicago Nightlife: What to Do After Dark

See a draw-dropping vaudeville show: “There are fewer than 200 “verified sword swallowers” in the world, and one of them lives in Chicago. Catch Sally Marvel every Thursday night at Bordel as part of Vaudeville, “a weekly theater of sensational burlesque, strong magic, and unique sideshow acts.” While Marvel can swallow a sword and make a joke while doing so, it’s best to limit audience participation to swallowing cocktails.

Chicago Nightlife: What to Do After Dark

Empire | Season 3 Ep. 10

Sally Marvel fire dances for the “Inferno” musical performance.

Empire | Season 3 Ep. 10

Reverend Horton Heat | “Hog Tyin’ Woman”

Sally Marvel kidnaps Reverend Horton Heat and company for a private performance in the video “Hog Tyin’ Woman” .

Reverend Horton Heat | "Hog Tyin' Woman"

Meet Sally Marvel

An interview in Voyage Chicago

Meet Sally Marvel

The 11 Hottest Burlesque Shows in Chicago

Vaudeville at Bordel: “...things get weird when Vaudeville rolls in with a rotating cast of burlesque dancers, magicians, and palm/tarot readers. Peep tight bodies in tight leather outfits as they pop champagne bottles and twirl tassels, in between swallowing swords and piercing their breasts with needles. There are also fire eaters…

The 11 Hottest Burlesque Shows in Chicago

Best Of Chicago 2014: Music and Nightlife

Pictured for Best Midweek Burlesque Break: “Instead of stripper poles and full nudity, the hump-day party features pyrotechnics and dancers humping power sanders that spray streams of sparks into the audience.

Best Of Chicago 2014: Music and Nightlife

18th Annual Northhalsted Halloween Parade

A freakshow preview for the Northhalsted Halloween Parade.

18th Annual Northhalsted Halloween Parade