Miss Heather Holliday is a lovely lady who has learned the practical art of orally-ingesting bladed weapons, and she makes a point of showing it off, often. We like sword swallowers around here, and Heather’s definitely got the skills and charm of a natural stage performer. This interview is from 2008 (from ex-Wonkette producer Elizabeth Glover).
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Heather has performed at Coney Island for years and is now part of traveling troupe of vaudevillians known as Pretty Things Peepshow (who are on tour right now). She’s also on Twitter. Here’s an excerpt of her bio on Coneyisland.com:
A practicing Mormon, Heather was struck twice by lightning as a young girl growing up in Utah. While this had a profound effect on her faith, she also discovered she had the ability to absorb tremendous amounts of electricity, which bled off her fingertips, or even her tongue.
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Here’s another interview with Heather…
And a video profile of The Coney Island Sideshow School featuring Heather, who teaches (taught?) there…