Awe-inspiring talents, unusual objects, strange phenomena and mind-boggling feats are explored in Travel Channel’s reboot of the iconic series, “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” premiering on June 9th. Hosted and executive produced by actor Bruce Campbell, the 10-episode, hour-long series is inspired by Robert Ripley’s obsession with the awesome and his keen eye for what keeps viewers mesmerized. Seventy years after Ripley hosted the first eponymous series, we still can’t resist his challenge to, “Believe it, or not!”
One hundred years ago, Ripley went on a quest to the farthest reaches of the globe in search of the extraordinary and unusual. Now, hosted from the famed Ripley’s Warehouse in Orlando, Florida, Campbell introduces the next generation to astonishing and one-of-a-kind stories.
“Shooting this iconic series in the Ripley’s warehouse was actually unbelievable,” said Campbell. “I was blown away by the treasures that unveil a fascinating time capsule into the past and present. Fans are not going to be disappointed when they see the scope of wonderful and weird stories we reveal every week.”
In the premiere episode, Campbell shines the spotlight on six individuals who possess such uncanny ability, outrageous talent and fearlessness that they are known as “Natural Born Thrillers.” Ohio native Rick Smith tosses playing cards at 92 miles per hour making them as dangerous as daggers, while Dai Andrews, “master of pain,” terrifies crowds by swallowing curved swords that can kill with the smallest wrong move. Tyler Scheuer thrills stadium crowds with a bizarre gift for balancing any object – of any size – on his chin. In Toronto, Twisty Troy, the “human pretzel,” was born with extraordinary flexibility and can run upside down, while a California couple risks their lives to walk down a thin net “aisle” strung 800 feet above a canyon – and into their marriage ceremony.