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My whole life was dedicated to baseball from an early time. People say, “Don’t put your identity,” or “You’re not a baseball player. That’s not your identity.” It really is though. While it’s not, it feels like it, because every decision I made, everything I was passionate about was baseball and achieving the next level.



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.

Dan enjoys frequenting The Perch Brewery and Pub in Chandler when in Arizona. They have about 70 parrots, and he likes to take his macaw there when in town.

When Dan was 20, he was dying from malaria fever in India. On the night before his 21st birthday, Greg Ormson saved his life. This has made a major impact on who he is today. It taught him to overcome his fears and to do the impossible. 

The biggest mistake he has made in his career is puncturing his esophagus while swallowing a sharp saber he has never seen before in a sword shop in Mesa, Arizona.

The biggest obstacle that Dan has overcome is extreme fears. The fears he lists, in particular, are low self-esteem, social anxiety disorder, bullying, fear of heights, water, sharks, doctors, speaking to people, and everything. 

The two tips of advice that George the Giant, when he was starting in 1997, gave him that he would tell others pursuing a similar path:

  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’

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