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 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, Meyer 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 Meyer 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, Meyer 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, Meyer 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.
Despite a close call resulting in a nearly deadly injury while swallowing 5 swords at once, Meyer 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…” Meyer explains. To prove his point, Meyer 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 20 million viewers on over 300 TV stations 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, and an avid historical researcher and collector of sword swallowing artifacts, Meyer is widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities in the world on the history of the art of sword swallowing.
A Guinness World Record holder and one of only a few dozen professional sword swallowers left in the world today, Meyer has been featured on programs such as America's Got Talent, Today Show, CNN, MTV, ESPN, The Discovery Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Times Channel, Discovery International, The Learning Channel, Documentary Channel, Travel Channel, USA Network, Food Network, Spike TV, Shocked and Amazed TV, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Entertainment Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel Live, CNN Headline News, CNN Health, ABC World News, CBS News, FOX News, NBC News, MSNBC, BBC World, CTV, CMT, WGN, USA Today, New York Times, London Times, British Medical Journal, Scientific American, Amusement Business, Christian Activities, and hundreds of other radio, TV, magazine, and newspaper interviews around the world. Meyer has performed on national tour with Brooks and Dunn's Neon Circus, on international tour with the Celtic Christian pop/rock band Ceili Rain, at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attractions, Ringling Brothers Cirucs, and at colleges, universities, science and medical events, church youth events, Upward awards programs, and other events in over a dozen countries around the world.
Dan and his wife Lisa live in Hartselle, AL where they raise Arabian horses. The Sword Swallowers Association Int’ll (SSAI) includes members from around the world (www.swordswallow.org), and a sister site with general information on sword swallowing for the general public (www.swordswallow.com). Meyer 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.
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- Dan Meyer
- June 2007
- Michigan City, IN, Nashville, TN
- Muncie, Indiana, USA
- I am:
- Male and Single
- Sword Swallower, TEDx Speaker, Director Humanitarian Aid Company
- Cutting Edge Innertainment
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