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Sword Swallower, College & corporate speaker entertainer, science/medical and museum presenter, Inspirational Comedy Youth Speaker, Sword Swallowers Association International
DAN MEYER is a unique performance artist who specializes in the extremely dangerous and very narrow field of cutting edge innertainment - Sword Swallowing! After being amazed while watching fire-eaters and sword swallowers, first at circus sideshows while growing up as a child in Indiana, and later witnessing Indian fakirs while serving as a missionary in India, Dan became passionate about learning the incredible feats himself. After working several years in the music industry in Nashville, London, and Stockholm Sweden, Dan shifted his focus from the field of music to variety entertainment as circus clown, juggler, stilt-walker, fire-eater and ultimately the most dangerous of all performance arts - Sword Swallower! Hearing from a sword swallower in 1998 that there were "less than a dozen sword swallowers left around the world" led Dan on his quest to locate as many of the surviving sword swallowers as possible while mastering the 4,000-year-old art. After three years of research, study, and daily practice, Dan taught himself to swallow solid steel swords up to 30 inches long while networking the remaining sword swallowers into the Sword Swallowers Association International. Described as a "Christian David Copperfield” who combines real feats with a powerful message instead of just tricks and illusions, Dan eats fire and swallows solid steel swords, blades, sabers, bayonets, and other objects from 15 to 30 inches in length, and up to 8 swords at once. A featured Ripley’s Believe It or Not performer and 3x Guinness World Record holder, Dan is recognized as one of the top performers of only a few dozen sword swallowers performing around the world today. Dan has appeared on America's Got Talent, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, CNN Health, Discovery Channel, Discovery Health, Discovery Times, Discovery Int’l, The Learning Channel, Travel Channel, Documentary Channel, Spike TV, USA Network, Food Network, CMT, MTV, ESPN, ET, WGN, The Today Show, 20/20, 48 Hours, Entertainment Tonight, NPR, PBS, BBC UK, CBC Canada, CTV Canada, ITV UK, NTV Russia, Alan Titchmarsh Show UK, Mancow Show, Rick & Bubba Show, Newsweek, USA Today, NY Post, NY Times, London Times, National Geographic, Forbes, Nature Magazine, Guardian Magazine, Telegraph, British Medical Journal, Scientific American, Science Daily, Christian Activities, and hundreds of other radio, TV, magazine and newspaper interviews around the world. Dan has performed on national tour with Brooks and Dunn's Neon Circus, on international tour with the Celtic Christian band Ceili Rain, at Ripley’s Believe It or Not attractions, Ringling Brothers Circus, and at corporate events, conventions, colleges, universities, science festivals, science and medical centers, festivals, parks, churches, Upward youth events, and other events in over a dozen countries around the world. Despite a close call resulting in a near-fatal injury while swallowing 5 swords at once, Dan enjoys amazing audiences with incredible feats. “I enjoy performing REAL feats that people think are impossible in order to demonstrate how incredible the human body is,” Dan explains. To prove his point, Dan swallowed a 30 inch sword while submerged 20 feet underwater in a tank of 80 sharks and stingrays for Ripley’s Believe It or Not, a feat witnessed by over 25 million viewers on more than 400 TV stations around the world. A passionate advocate for preserving the ancient art of sword swallowing, Dan is known for his high-energy live performances, research studies, motivational talks, high-profile stunts, and media appearances around the world. As Executive Director of the Sword Swallowers Association Int’l, avid historical researcher and collector of sword swallowing artifacts, and co-author of a year-long medical study published in the prestigious British Medical Journal that won him the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine at Harvard, Dan is widely recognized as the foremost authority in the world on the ancient art of sword swallowing. Dan and his wife Lisa live in Hartselle, AL where they raise Arabian horses. Dan is available for corporate events, conventions, colleges, universities, fairs, festivals, artist tours, media interviews, talk shows, documentaries, films, science and medical demonstrations, church youth events, Upward Unlimited Awards night programs, and other bookings through CuttingEdgeInnertainment.com
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