Cutting Edge Innertainment
DAN MEYER is a unique performance artist who specializes in the extremely dangerous and very narrow field of cutting edge innertainment - Sword Swallowing.
After working for several years in the music industry in Nashville Tennessee, Stockholm Sweden, and London England, Dan Meyer shifted his focus from the field of musical entertainment to variety entertainment as circus clown, juggler, stilt-walker, fire-eater, and eventually, the most dangerous of all performance arts - Sword Swallower!
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.
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 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!
Dan's show features REAL shocking feats combined with light comedy and audience participation where Dan recruits volunteers from the audience so everyone can feel like part of the show! Dan performs extreme feats such as fire-eating, the human blockhead, and the ancient art of sword swallowing in a professional family-oriented stage show that is educational, inspirational, motivational, and UNFORGETTABLE with just the right touch of light comedy.
Despite a close call resulting in a nearly deadly injury while swallowing 5 swords at once, Dan continues to amaze audiences with his skills.
“I enjoy performing REAL feats that people think are impossible in order to demonstrate how incredible the human body really is," Dan explains.
To prove his point, Dan swallowed a 30 inch sword while submerged 20 feet underwater in a tank of 80 live sharks and stingrays for Ripley's Believe It or Not, a feat witnessed by over 40 million viewers on over 400 TV stations around the world.
A multiple Guinness World Record holder and one of the top sword swallowers of only a few dozen professional sword swallowers left in the world today, Dan has been featured on programs such as America's Got Talent, Today Show, CNN, MTV, ESPN, PBS, Discovery Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Times Channel, Discovery Canada, Discovery International, The Learning Channel, Documentary Channel, Spike TV, Travel Channel, USA Network, Food Network, Armed Forces Network, Ripley's Believe It or Not, CNN Headline News, CNN Health, ABC World News, CBS News, FOX News, NBC News, MSNBC, BBC World News, NPR, BBC, CBC, CTV, CMT, WGN, NTV Russia, Telemundo, Univision, Mancow Show, USA Today, New York Post, New York Times, Irish Times, London Times, British Medical Journal, Scientific American, Science Daily, National Geographic, Nature Magazine, Forbes Magazine, 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, and at colleges, universities, church youth events, Upward awards programs, corporate events, science festivals, science museums, medical events, cruise ships, and other events in over a dozen countries around the world.
As Executive Director of the Sword Swallowers Association International, co-author of a year-long medical study on sword swallowing published in the prestigious British Medical Journal that won him the 2007 Ig Nobel Award in Medicine at Harvard, and an avid historical researcher and collector of sword swallowing artifacts, Dan is widely recognized as the foremost authority in the world on the ancient history of the art of sword swallowing.
Dan is available for appearances, media interviews, talk shows, medical demonstrations, films, documentaries, conventions, festivals, artist tours, church youth events, Upward Awards shows, and other bookings through Cutting Edge Innertainment.