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MATTY THE BLADE’S SMILE HID DEPRESSION

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 30, 2014

matty 1 Matty 2 Matty 4Fremantle busker Matty the Blade, the famous sword swallower, juggler and mad pirate¬†entertainer, who died earlier this week, will be honoured¬†during this year’s Street Art Festival on the Easter long weekend. Plans for a mural are also on the way.

Matty held the world record when he swallowed 14 swords at the Fishing Boat Harbour some years ago, and was a regular performer in front of the Fremantle Markets on weekends.

It is disturbing to realise that even those who make us all laugh can suffer from depression and that we often hide behind a facade that does not show our despair and pain.

There is a small shrine for him at the markets and the Sail&Anchor will have a wake for Matty from 2 pm today. Dress up!

RIP Matty!

MATTY THE MAD PIRATE IS DEAD

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 27, 2014

Anyone who has visited Fremantle on a weekend will know MATTY THE BLADE, the busker dressed up as a pirate performing in front of the Fremantle Markets. Sadly Matty is not with us any longer as he died earlier this week.

Matty held the world record in sword swallowing and is in the Guinness Book of Records for it. I witnessed it myself when he stuck a large number of swords all the way down in his stomach.

He was loud and mad and funny, and a real artist who knew his craft and he will be missed in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

I can’t upload photos today because of a WordPress problem.

 

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