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 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 up to 30 inches long while networking the remaining sword swallowers into the Sword Swallowers Association International.
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 performed on America’s Got Talent, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, 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, Mancow, 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 also 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 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 10 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 25 million viewers on over 400 TV stations around the world.
Thank you for sharing your God given talent.