Living on the Edge with Sword Swallower Dan Meyer

About Dan Meyer:

Dan Meyer is a professional sword swallower, fear-extinguisher, motivational public speaker, and President of Cutting Edge Innertainment. Meyer also holds over 40 Guinness World records in sword swallowing and has been a speaker at global TEDx 8 times.

Favorite AZ restaurant, venue, or activity and why?

The Perch Brewery and Pub in Chandler

(they have about 70 parrots – I now frequent there with my macaw whenever I’m in town)

Who is someone that has had a major impact in the person you are today?

Greg Ormson who saved my life when I was on my deathbed with malaria fever on the night before my 21st birthday in India and told me about setting Thromes – major life goals like a bucket list.  It changed my life and helped me overcome fear to pursue doing the impossible.

What is your most memorable mistake you have made in your business or career?
Puncturing my esophagus while swallowing a sharp saber I had never seen before in a sword shop in Mesa last weekend!

The biggest obstacle you’ve overcome:

Extreme FEARS – Low self-esteem, social anxiety disorder, bullying, and fear of water, heights, sharks, doctors, speaking to people, everything

Someone who inspires you and why?

My superhero: my dad who said I could be anything I wanted to be.

Favorite quote?

“Turn your fear into fuel,

Your failures into teachers,

Your losses into lessons,

Your weakness into strengths,

Your darkness into light,

Your shadow into a friend,

Your mourning into dancing,

Don’t waste your pain;

Recycle your heart.”

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do?
The two tips of advice George the Giant gave me when I was starting in 1997:
1). Sword swallowing is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. 29 people have died doing it.

Show Notes:

  • Dan’s background
  • Starting sword swallowing
  • Clown sollege
  • Hitchhiking, missionary work, and touring
  • His 10 ‘thromes’
  • Fighting fears and taking on risks
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone
  • Ted talks
  • Learning in the arts
  • Taking opportunities
  • Being well-known for sword swallowing
  • Breaking Guinness World Records
  • Advice for your ‘thromes’

Watch Here:

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Dan Meyer on America’s Got Talent

Dan’s Ted Talk

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