The crowd at Ripley's Believe It Or Not let out gasps and squeals, many yelling, "Oh my God," after seeing Patricia Forrest's act...a natural reaction to have when witnessing sword swallowing for the first time.
"Most people are pretty freaked out," Forrest said while laughing, "some people think it's cool, some people can't watch, it just kinda depends."
The 28-year-old taught herself how to perform the act 3 years ago and hasn't looked back since. "It was exciting learning how to do it, you have to become really comfortable and educated about your own body."
Saturday, Forrest downed a 20 inch sword, an eight of an inch from her heart.
"Well, I've never seen anything - nobody put anything down their throat like that." said Hannah Griffin. "That was just really, really cool, I don't think I'd ever be able to see that again."
Forrest is part of an exclusive club of around two dozen sword swallowers around the world who participated in World Sword Swallower's Day.
The performance - of course - has it's risks, and while Forrest taught herself how to master the art of sword swallowing, she advices people don't try it at home.
"It's no joke, it's very dangerous. If any kind of external factors happen, like somebody in the crowd bumps into me, people have died that way swallowing swords."
But for the people who were watching, just seeing was enough to satisfy their curiosity.
"It was very special to be able to see this and I'm so glad I came today," Griffin said with a smile on her face.