Sword Swallower Dan Meyer’s Official Blog
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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 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 watching 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 up to 30 inches long and up to 8 swords at once while networking the remaining sword swallowers into the Sword Swallowers Association International.
A multiple Guinness World Record holder and featured Ripley’s Believe It or Not performer best-known for swallowing swords underwater in a tank of sharks and stingrays, Dan is recognized as one of the top performers of only a few dozen professional sword swallowers performing around the world today.
Dan has been featured on documentaries and programs such as America’s Got Talent, The Today Show, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, CNN Health, Discovery Channel, Discovery Health, Discovery Times, Discovery Int’l, Learning Channel, Travel Channel, Spike TV, USA Network, Food Network, CMT, MTV, ESPN, WGN, 20/20, 48 Hours, NPR, PBS, BBC World, CBC, CTV, ITV, NTV Russia, Alan Titchmarsh Show UK, TV5 Canada, Mancow Show, Newsweek, USA Today, New York Post, New York Times, London Times, National Geographic, Forbes, Nature Magazine, Guardian Magazine, Telegraph, British Medical Journal, Scientific American, Science Daily, Rick and Bubba Show, Atlanta Live, Christian Activities, and hundreds of other radio, TV, magazine and newspaper interviews around the world.
Dan has also performed on national tour with Brooks and Dunn’s Neon Circus, on international tour with the Celtic Christian band Ceili Rain, opened for artists such as Highway 101, Jeremy Camp, DecembeRadio, Mike’s Chair, at Ripley’s Believe It or Not attractions, Ringling Brothers Circus, Cirque Eloize Canada, and at conventions, corporate events, colleges, universities, science and medical centers, churches, youth events, Upward Unlimited sports awards night programs, parks, fairs, festivals, 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 continues to amaze audiences with incredible feats. “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 that landed him a Ripley’s Believe It or Not cartoon in the syndicated series, and inclusion in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Book, and displays in four Ripley’s museums around the world.
In 2009, Dan was featured on several episodes of NBC’s hit reality show America’s Got Talent, from the Nashville auditions to the Atlanta regionals, the Las Vegas semi-finals, and the Los Angeles finals, with many episodes being watched by over 90 million people. The show has now been re-aired in the Europe, Scandinavia, the UK, Australia, and Hong Kong.
hi dan. i just watched you on unwrapped from the food network. it said that you own a restaurant in tennessee. i moved up here after hurricane katrina and would like to bring my wife and kids there. where are you located at? many thanks, jerry
We just saw you at our school today!! We are from UC and you did a great performance!! It was amazing!! Thank you so much for coming!!