"Most Christian artists don't perform extreme feats on America's Got Talent,
most are not in Ripley's Believe It or Not
or hold multiple Guinness World Records,
most don't eat fire or swallow swords underwater in a tank of sharks,
and most have not received the Ig Nobel prize at Harvard...
But Dan Meyer is NOT your average Christian artist!"
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 music entertainment to variety entertainment as circus clown, juggler, stilt-walker, blockhead, 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, snake charmers, fire-eaters and sword swallowers 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 training, Dan taught himself to swallow solid steel swords up to 30 inches long and up to 8 swords at once 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 feats combined with light comedy and audience participation with volunteers from the audience so everyone feels part of the show! Dan performs extreme feats such as fire-eating, the human blockhead, and sword-swallowing in a professional family-oriented show that's educational, inspirational, motivational, and UNFORGETTABLE with just the right touch of comedy.
A multiple Guinness World Record holder, featured Ripley's Believe It or Not performer, and premiere sword swallower out of only a few dozen actively performing professional sword swallowers left performing around the world today, Dan has been featured on programs such as CNN, MTV, ESPN,The Today Show,Entertainment Tonight, The Discovery Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Times Channel, Discovery Canada, Discovery International, Daily Planet, The Learning Channel, Documentary Channel, Travel Channel, USA Network, Food Network, Armed Forces Network, Shocked and Amazed TV, Ripley's Believe It or Not, CNN Headline News, CNN Health, ABC News, CBS News, FOX News, NBC News, MSNBC, PBS, BBC, CBC, NPR, ET, CMT, CTV, XLTV, NTV Russia, Univision, Telemundo, Superstation WGN, 48 Hours, 20/20, Jimmy Kimmel Live, USA Today, Newsweek, New York Post, New York Times, Irish Times, London Times, British Medical Journal, Scientific American, Science Daily, Nature Magazine, National Geographic, Forbes Magazine, Amusement Business, Bizarre Magazine, NADA Auto Exec Magazine, Christian Activities, Atlanta Live, Mancow Show, Rick and Bubba Show, Absolutely Alabama, Tennessee Crossroads, Huntsville Times, Birmingham Times, 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 (Rascal Flatts, Trick Pony, Dwight Yoakum, Cletus T. Judd, and others), on international tour with the award-winning Celtic Christian pop/rock band Ceili Rain, at Ripley's Believe It or Not! attractions, at Upward Unlimited awards night programs, and at conventions, corporate events, colleges, universities, church youth events, and other programs around the world.
As President of the Sword Swallowers Association International, an avid historical researcher and collector of sword swallowing photos and artifacts, and author of a year-long medical study on sword swallowing 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.
Despite a close call resulting in a near-fatal 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 prove how incredible God made the human body." Dan explains.
During 2008, Dan was featured on multiple episodes of NBC's hit reality show "America's Got Talent", where he progressed from initial auditions in Nashville to be one of 70 contestants on the regional auditions in Atlanta, to become one of 3 to make it through to the semi-finals in Las Vegas to make it to the top 50, and eventually on the live finals in Los Angeles. During the 2008 season, God opened numerous doors for Dan through America's Got Talent, and appearances on The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, and hundreds of other TV shows, programs and documentaries.
Dan and his wife Lisa live in Hartselle, AL where they raise Arabian horses. The Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) includes sword swallower members from around the world (www.swordswallow.org), and maintains a sister site with general information on sword swallowing for the general public (www.swordswallow.com).
Dan is available for appearances at corporate conventions, colleges, universities, science and medical centers, church youth events, denominational conventions, Upward Awards nights Celebrations, festivals, street outreach ministry events, opening for major touring artists, media interviews, talk shows, documentaries, films, TV commercials, and other bookings through Cutting Edge Innertainment.
If you are a corporate events planner, Upward Unlimited Sports Director, Christian Festival organizer, church youth director, or youth pastor looking for some very unique, fresh, and unforgettable talent to make your event one your audience will NEVER FORGET, please contact us!
I did see you on america's got talent. You have to have God on your side to do what you do. It's brave to be sure. I got a bit upset when the hoff buzzed you in the middle. Jesus saves cuz you did well.