Robin Williams

Johnny Fox, Maryland Renaissance Festival sword swallower and nationally known performer, dies

Johnny Fox, Maryland Renaissance Festival sword swallower and nationally known performer, dies

Johnny Fox, a nationally known magician, sword swallower and the Maryland Renaissance Festival’s longest running performer, died Sunday at 64.

Festival President Jules Smith said Mr. Fox died following a battle with liver cancer. Barbara Calvert, a longtime friend, said he passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones, who gave him a standing ovation.

Mr. Fox wrapped up his last season with the Crownsville-based festival in October after performing there for 37 years. This season, the stage he performed on was renamed the Royal Fox Theatre in his honor.

“During the time Johnny performed with us, over eight million people passed through our gates. If you talked to...

45°