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Meet Sally Marvel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sally Marvel.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I began performing maybe seven years ago through happenstance. I moved to Chicago and was couch surfing with a then friend. They told their friends that I was a burlesque dancer in an attempt to help me build community. I didn’t want to make them out to be a liar, so I rolled with it. I was not a burlesque dancer at the time; I was terrible!

Eventually, I began making improvements and I met people along the way who taught me various skills. (Ironically, the friend who brought me into the fold never assisted me in the learning process). I am really grateful for the people who took the time to teach me.

Once I found things to be passionate about in this craft, I began to make it my own and excel.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a burlesque & sideshow performer. I specialize in sword swallowing, fire performances, pain proof acts, and have been studying western arts (whip cracking and lasso). I enjoy the visceral feeling that many of these acts inspire in people. It helps them step outside of their reality and live in a moment that seems unreal. I like to create a fantasy space for people to exist in, even if only for a brief time.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success can be measured in the successful execution of an act, in the genuine cheers of an audience, or in increased bookings gained through better performances and mindful promotions.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I perform at Bordel every Thursday where I co-produce Vaudeville with AJ Le Sacc. We also co-produce Vaudeville at Beauty Bar every first Monday. I perform everywhere. A full schedule can be found on my website.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Instagram: @sallymarvel
  • Facebook: @thesallymarvel
  • Twitter: @sallymarvel
  • Other:

Image Credit:
Ruby Images Chicago, Harry Sudman, Eric Lab Rat, Alejandra Guerrero, EMK Photography, Greg Bell, Zak Gruber

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