Haley Hall, 15, Becomes Youngest Sword Swallower… I Don’t Think I’ll Even Go There
HUFF POST- Some 14-year-old girls ask their dads for an iPhone. Some want earrings. Others want to go to parties where the adult supervision ranges from less-than-ideal to nonexistent.
All Haley Hall wanted was a 17-inch steel sword — to swallow.
For weeks, the bright-eyed, 5-foot-5 Georgia girl had been slipping away from the rest of the family, to unlock the centuries-old secrets of tilting your head back, opening wide, and putting a lethal weapon down your throat.
She began practicing with a wire hanger and spoon — as many sideshow greats have done — learning to relax her gag reflex.
But being able to push a hanger to the deepest reaches of her esophagus wasn’t necessarily the hard part. She still had to tell Mom and Dad.
“My father knew something was going on,” she told HuffPost Weird News. “I typically don’t lock myself in my room for hours in a night.”
But Jeff Hall and his wife encourage their daughters in a range of activities. Haley is a black belt in karate, shoots guns and bows, and rides dirt bikes with her sisters, college-bound Rebecca, 17, and Maggie, 11.
To Jeff, Haley was simply combining her love for physical challenges with her greatest passion — theater.
“I was pleased that she came and told me what she was doing rather than go off on her own, so I was happy,” says Jeff, a general contractor in Covington. “I had taken some pre-med classes, so I know the human anatomy can accommodate a sword, if it’s done right.
“I joked that she just had a bad case of middle child syndrome and really needed to stand out,” says Jeff. But as a guy who throws knives and tomahawks from time to time, he might know from where his daughter’s ambitions come.
“I’m lucky,” Haley says. “My mom is very supportive, too. She’s worried for me at first, but she knows that I’m careful.”
Wow, how about the steel balls over at Huffington Post just writing an article on a 15 year old sword swallower, just shoving innuendo down everyone’s throats, no pun intended.
“For weeks, the bright-eyed, 5-foot-5 Georgia girl had been slipping away from the rest of the family, to unlock the centuries-old secrets of tilting your head back, opening wide, and putting a lethal weapon down your throat.”
When I was 15, I was slipping away from the rest of the family, to unlock the centuries-old secrets of TV Room handjobs.
Haha.. I’m not going to say that she has a “bright future” because that’s just inappropriate.. I’m also not going to say whether or not I think she has potential.. because that’s also just inappropriate. This is a child we’re talking about.. she’s my little brother’s age. I’ll let him provide commentary.