Looking for something FRESH and completely DIFFERENT?
Something your Upward audience will talk about for YEARS to come?
The UNIQUE Christian ENTERTAINMENT you WANT
to keep your UPWARD audience on the EDGE of their seats,
and the MESSAGE they NEED to get them OUT of their seats!
Don't make it just another boring show they'll never remember...
Make an IMPACT, a life-changing EXPERIENCE
your audience will NEVER FORGET!
Most Christian artists don't perform extreme feats on America's Got Talent,
Most aren't 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!...
ButDan Meyer is NOT your average Christian artist!
-Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Cutting Edge Innertainment Christian Sword Swallower Dan Meyer uses his unique gifts to impact lives
at Upward Unlimited™ Awards Night Celebrations and Christian youth events around the world
The PerformerOne of only a few dozen professional sword swallowers left in the world today, Upward Entertainer Dan Meyer is a 22x World Champion Sword Swallower, a 5x Guinness World Record™ holder and Ripley's Believe It or Not performer featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not cartoons, books, games, and museums around the world.
The act that wowed the judges on America's Got Talent as AGT's "MOST DANGEROUS ACT", winner of the 2009 Christian Entertainer's Gold Award for a 1-man stage show, a world-renowned Ripley's Believe It or Not for swallowing swords underwater in a tank of sharks and stingrays, and featured on Stan Lee's Superhumans for swallowing a RED HOT sword, extreme sword swallower Dan Meyer has been seen by over 500 million people performing his unique form of family entertainment around the world, and is known as the world's TOP sword swallower today!
As President of the Sword Swallowers Association International and winner of the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine at Harvard, Dan is internationally recognized as the world's leading expert in the ancient art of sword swallowing.
But as a Christian youth speaker, top Upward Awards Night Speaker, and the ONLY professional Christian sword swallower in the world, Dan Meyer delivers a powerful inspirational message of hope and encouragement to youth and adults at Christian festivals, churches, youth events, and Upward Awards Night Celebrations around the world.
The AppearancesDan's sword swallowing has amazed millions around the world - on America's #1 reality show America's Got Talent, on Stan Lee's "Superhumans" on The History Channel, on national tour of the US with Brooks and Dunn's Neon Circus, on international tour with the award-winning Celtic Christian pop/rock band Ceili Rain, opening for Christian artists Hawk Nelson, NewsBoys, Audio Adrenaline, Jars of Clay, Jeremy Camp, Britt Nicole, Phil Joel, Decemberadio, SonicFlood, Stellar Kart, Mike's Chair, Unhindered, Christafari, the Crabb Family, Brock Gill, with Ringling Brothers Circus, at Ripley's Believe It or Not and Guinness World Records attractions, on Ig Nobel Science Tours around the world, at major Christian artist festivals, at youth events at churches, colleges, universities, Bible camps, at YEC Baptist Youth Conventions, VBS, Awana, and Upward Unlimited™ Awards Night Celebrations, science festivals, science and medical centers and museums, corporate conventions, and family and church youth events in over a dozen countries around the world.
Dan has been featured on programs such as America's Got Talent, The Today Show, Stan Lee's Superhumans, CNN, ESPN, MTV, Daily Buzz, ET!, CMT, PBS, 20/20, 48 Hours, ABC World News, CBS News, FOX News, NBC News, MSNBC, CNN Health, MSN Health, AOL News, CNet News, NPR, BBC Radio, CBC, CTV, ITV UK, BBC World News, NTV Russia, Discovery Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Times Channel, Discovery Canada, Discovery International, Daily Planet, The Learning Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, Documentary Channel, Entertainment Tonight, Spike TV, USA Network, Food Network, Armed Forces Network, RadioU Network, Telemundo, Univision, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Shocked and Amazed TV, RockMe TV, WGN TV, Breakfast TV Canada, Alan Titchmarsh Show UK, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mancow Morning Show, Bob and Tom Show, Rick and Bubba Show, WGN Radio, Absolutely Alabama, Tennessee Crossroads, USA Today, Newsweek, National Geographic, Atlantic Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Times, Irish Times, London Times, The Guardian, Telegraph, British Medical Journal, Scientific American, Science Daily, Nature Magazine, Amusement Business, Birmingham News, Huntsville Times, Religious Newswire Service, Christian Activities, Christian Index, The Lutheran (Standard), National Catholic Reporter, and in hundreds of other radio, TV, magazine, and newspaper interviews around the world.
Dan has been featured on appearances on over 700 TV stations, 800 radio stations, in over 1000 newspapers and magazines, and seen by over 500 million people in over 20 countries on 4 continents around the world!
If he's good enough for them, why not
HAVE Dan perform at YOUR Upward Awards Night Celebration?
Dan on ESPN First Take with Dana Jacobsen and Jay Crawford
Dan Swallowing 10 swords on NBC's America's Got Talent, Atlanta, GA
Swallowing flaming & curved swords on America's Got Talent Las Vegas Semi-Finals
Dan swallows RED-HOT sword on Stan Lee's Superhumans on History Channel
The ShowPresenting the most dangerous and bizarre feats with wit, charm and style, Dan's show not only engages and educates the mind, but pierces deep into the hearts of the audience to create the most personal and profound type of experience.
Call him an extreme performer. Call him a youth entertainer. Call him an inspirational Upward speaker.
America's Got Talent and Ripley's Believe It or Not call him
"...one of the TOP sword swallowers in the WORLD!"
This year we had the privilege of having Dan Meyer on our stage.
Tremendous artist, tremendous performer... Love the man's heart...
It's fun to watch the audience as Dan draws them in...
Not sure what they're getting, he toys with them a bit...
But as they begin to see his talent and ability with swords,
It's fun to watch the cringing, it's fun to watch the gasping,
It's fun to watch the EYES WIDE OPEN as he performs...
...He was a great element to have at our event...
If you're looking for the "same old same old" for your next event,
Dan Meyer is not your man.
But if you're looking for something
TOTALLY DIFFERENT, TOTALLY OFF THE CHARTS,
you NEED to have Dan there!
I HIGHLY recommend
HAVING DAN MEYER ON YOUR STAGE AT YOUR NEXT EVENT!
If he's booked, you need to CHANGE YOUR DATE,
because he's a GREAT ARTIST!
-Grant Medford, Director YEC Youth Encounter
President, Illinois State Baptist Assoc Student Family Ministries
The FeatsDescribed as a "Christian David Copperfield" who combines real feats with a powerful message instead of just tricks and illusions, Dan eats fire, performs the Human Blockhead, and swallows solid steel swords, daggers, bayonets, sabers, rapiers, cutlasses, serpentine swords, curved swords, hedge clippers, saws, and other objects from 15 to 30 inches in length and up to 21 swords at ONCE! Despite a close call resulting in a near-fatal injury while swallowing 5 swords at once, Dan continues to amaze audiences with his family-oriented show.
"As an Upward entertainer, I enjoy performing REAL feats that people think are impossible to prove how awesome God made the human body," Dan explains. "As an Upward Christian youth speaker and the only professing Christian sword swallower and fire-eater in the world, I enjoy using my extreme form of 'innertainment' in a motivational and inspirational comedy setting as a way of drawing crowds, reaching audiences, and touching Upward youth and adults in a profound way that other ministries might not be able to reach."
God made each person unique with their own unique gifts;
I use my unique ministry to let audiences know it's ok to be unique
and to stand for what you believe in, whatever your calling is!
Magicians perform tricks,
I perform feats,
God performs MIRACLES!
Just to see people's faces when I perform,
and know God is using me to impact lives with my show,
to work MIRACLES and change lives every day,
is tremendously exciting to me.
-Dan Meyer, Upward Sword Swallower
Dan's feats include swallowing hedge clippers, giant straight razor, and a variety of swords
Dan uses audience participation by inviting a volunteer remove a sword (Here it's Christian artist Britt Nicole!)
Fluoroscope of what's really happening inside of Dan!
The RecordsDan currently holds over 22 World Records, 5 Guinness World Records™ in sword swallowing, 10 Record Setter World Records, and has been featured in numerous Ripley's Believe It or Not! syndicated cartoons, books, films, games, and museums around the world.
But as Dan says in his show..
"Jesus said, 'Do not rejoice that you can heal the sick or cast out demons, (or basically "do the impossible") in my name.' In other words, don't rejoice that your name is written in the Guinness Book of World Records™ or Ripley's Believe It or Not! "Instead, rejoice that your name is written in the Book of Life!"
Sword Swallower Dan Meyer on Guinness World Record TV Lo Show Dei Record in Rome Italy 1
Sword Swallower Dan Meyer on Guinness World Record TV Lo Show Dei Record in Rome Italy 2
The MissionTo Entertain. To Educate. To Encourage. To Edify. To Evangelize.
Changing lives, one sword at a time...
My hope is that I can
inspire others to think beyond the obvious,
to challenge them to stretch beyond their limitations,
to dream bigger than they thought possible,
and dare to do the impossible in their lives.
My mission is to
make a positive impact on the youth of today by being REAL,
to inspire them to create a VISION for their lives,
to DREAM BIGGER than they ever thought possible,
and to go out and achieve those dreams
by letting GOD work MIRACLES
and DO the IMPOSSIBLE in their lives!
I swallow swords, eat fire,
and inspire others to do the IMPOSSIBLE in THEIR lives!
My purpose is to help others find THEIRS!
-Dan Meyer, Christian Sword Swallower
The MethodLike a secret weapon, Cutting Edge INNERtainment strikes
like a double-edged sword with a 1-2 cut:
- On first glance, it's SHARP and FLASHY Cutting Edge ENTERTAINMENT
to put your audience on the EDGE of their seats
- On a deeper level, it's a PENETRATING MESSAGE that
CUTS to the POINT,
PIERCES to the HEART,
STICKS in the MIND,
and leaves a LASTING IMPRESSION -
it's Cutting Edge INNERtainment
that gets them OUT of their seats!
Cutting Edge INNERtainment -
ENTERTAINMENT with an EDGE
A MESSAGE with a POINT!
The Proof is what's INSIDE!
The Upward Awards Night Celebration Show
Cutting Edge Innertainment's Upward Awards Night program is specifically designed with Upward themes in mind.
Dan's Upward show features real shocking feats combined with light comedy and audience participation where Dan recruits volunteers from the audience so everyone feels like they're part of the show!
Dan performs extreme feats such as fire-eating, comedy human blockhead, and the ancient art of sword swallowing in a professional family-oriented 25-45 minute show that's highly entertaining, educational, inspirational, motivational, and UNFORGETTABLE with just the right touch of comedy!
Unique world-class entertainment - head-spinning, jaw-dropping, thought-provoking, mind-blowing, and loaded with audience participation, where "every child's a winner" and YOUR Upward Director is the STAR of the show!
How DOES he DO it?
First, Dan opens the show with SHARP and FLASHY visual ENTERTAINMENT to target the EYES -
FLASHY to grab the audience's attention,
FUNNY to make them LAUGH.
Then he aims for the EARS and engages the MIND with WORDS -
UNEXPECTED INSIGHT that makes them WONDER in AMAZEMENT and THINK in NEW WAYS.
Then he targets the HEART with his unique form of INNERtainment -
wielding the SWORD of the SPIRIT in a POWERFUL WAY,
presenting a PENETRATING MESSAGE with IMPACT
that PIERCES the HEART in a PROFOUND WAY,
to leave a LASTING IMPRESSION in both KIDS and ADULTS alike!
Audiences constantly claim Dan's show and message have profoundly impacted their lives in unforgettable ways.
And Dan is always willing to stay after the program to meet each child personally.
Fresh, unique and cutting edge, yet FUN for everyone - An Upward show your audience will NEVER FORGET!
Cutting Edge INNERtainment
ENTERTAINMENT with an EDGE,
a PROGRAM with a POINT!
ENTERTAINING MINDS for the MOMENT,
IMPACTING LIVES for a LIFETIME!
The PROOF is WHAT'S INSIDE!
Sword Swallower Dan Meyer performs at an Upward Awards Night Celebration show
Sword Swallower Dan Meyer performing at an Upward Awards Night Celebration show
Upward audiences often claim they are unexpectedly surprised at the
unique way Dan weaves a penetrating Gospel message into his show.
"He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing;
he does not shy away from the sword."
"The sword that reaches him has no effect,
nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin."
"What goes into the mouth,
goes into the stomach,
but what comes out of the mouth,
comes from the heart"
"...and out of His mouth came
a sharp double-edged sword"
"For the Word of God is living and active
and sharper than any two-edged sword...
piercing deeper than the division of
joints and marrow, soul and spirit,
able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
"He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword."
"As iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another."
"Sharp words pierce like a sword,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing."
"With God NOTHING is impossible!"
"I can do ALL things
through Christ who strengthens me!"
How can Dan work sword swallowing into a penetrating message in an Upward show? Just watch!
"Dan gave one of the "sharpest" presentations
of the Gospel I have ever witnessed!"
-DeLiska Lee, Coordinator, Faith Fellowship, Winfield, AL
"The show was GREAT,
but the presentation of the Gospel was even BETTER!
That was the BEST presentation of the Gospel
we've EVER had in our church - concise and to the point!
Actually, it was the BEST presentation of the Gospel
I've EVER seen in over 25 years of ministry!"
-Dr. Bill Hurt, Sr Pastor, First Baptist Church, Decatur, AL
What makes Dan UNIQUE and DIFFERENT from other Upward speakers/performers?
Dan performs a UNIQUE act with SIGNATURE feats that other NOBODY else does!
• Swallows swords up to 30 inches (75 cm) long with the NO-HANDS DROP!
• Flings swords from his mouth HIGH into the air and into the floor with a flourish!
• Swallows a large HEDGE CLIPPERS
• Swallows a giant antique STRAIGHT RAZOR
• Swallows a giant antique SAW
• Swallows a GLOWING LIGHT SABER that SHINES through his NECK!
• Convinces a volunteer to PULL a sword from his throat!
• Has YOUR HOST WHIP a sword from this throat with a WHIP from 10' away!
• Lifts a BUCKET filled with 5 liters of water using only a sword in his throat!
• Swallows up to 15 SWORDS at ONCE!
What do YOU get from Dan that you won't get from anyone else?
• A UNIQUE show and MESSAGE with IMPACT your audience will NEVER FORGET!
• A seasoned PROFESSIONAL who's been doing Upward shows for over 10 years!
• Dan is EASY to work with!
• Dan is glad to do radio, TV, newspaper, and other media interviews to promote YOUR event!
• Dan is glad to do Q&A sessions with your audience after the show
• Dan is glad to do a MEET-&-GREET as a ROLE MODEL to encourage your youth
• BUY 1, GET 1 FREE! Dan will donate a 2nd show FREE to a less fortunate audience in a 3rd World Country on YOUR BEHALF!
• By booking Dan for your event, YOU become a PARTNER and make it possible to reach OTHERS so THEY can hear the Good News!
The ResponseThe Proof is what's inside!
But don't just take our word for it.
Audiences consistently rave about Dan's show.
Just listen to what others have had to say...
"Amazing... A hard act to swallow!"
-Christian Activities Magazine
"...an astonishing performance by sword swallower Dan Meyer..."
"While the swords were in Meyer's throat,
the spectator's hearts were in theirs!"
"You were AWESOME!"
-Jeremy Camp, Christian Artist
"Shocking, jaw-dropping and informative!
Like a cross between comedy and magic,
but it was ALL REAL and ALL AMAZING!"
-Wellcome Trust Foundation, London, England
"You've obviously spent years mastering sword swallowing,
and it absolutely AMAZES me!...
YES!! You've DEFINITELY got MY vote!"
-Sharon Osbourne, America's Got Talent
"We LOVE your act... It's thoroughly entertaining.
You are obviously one of the BEST in the world at what you do..."
-Piers Morgan, America's Got Talent
"Wow! He DOES have talent!"
-Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Kimmel Live
"This is incredible... AMAZING!"
-Danny Glover, actor (removing Lethal Weapon from Dan Meyer)
"Oh my God! This is unbelievable...
...This is INCREDIBLE!"
-Dana Jacobson, ESPN First Take
"Dan's creativity, professionalism, and devotion
has taken sword swallowing to a Superhuman level!"
-Daniel Browning-Smith, Host, History Channel's "Stan Lee's SuperHumans"
"I've seen a lot of incredible things in my life,
but I've never seen anything like THIS before!"
-Pat, Cameraman, Oprah Winfrey Show
"That was the most fantastic show I've ever seen!
It was AWESOME!"
-Suzanne Holmes, VP Documentary Channel
"Amazing!... absolutely incredible!"
-Jay Crawford, ESPN First Take
"Dan Meyer is not only the leading expert on sword swallowing
and President of the Sword Swallowers Association International,
but he is the TOP sword swallowers in the WORLD,
a Master Sword Swallower, and the BEST in the field!"
-Bob Masterson, President, Ripley Ent, Ripley's Believe It or Not!
"He's like a Christian David Copperfield,
but instead of just doing magic tricks,
Dan combines incredible real feats with a POWERFUL message
in a show that's IMPOSSIBLE to forget!"
-Jürgen Beck, WAFF-TV, Huntsville, AL
"I am just freaked out!
Wow! ...I am crawling out of my skin right now...
My palms are sweating...
That was incredible! It freaked me out!
Absolutely one of the most amazing guests we've ever had
on Good Day Alabama..."
-Rick Journey, Good Day Alabama, Fox News, Birmingham, AL
"That was incredible! Wow!
He's the real deal!
Now that's entertainment that makes your heart beat fast!
I love him and you will too!"
-Janice Rogers, Good Day Alabama, Fox News, Birmingham, AL
"Dan is one of a kind. He's the Master Professor of Sword Swallowing!
He is a true communicator. He talks to the audience not at the audience.
I actully heard his inner body make sounds when he swallowed the sword!
My favorite part of Dan's performance is his passion for what he does.
He's never met a stranger and he gets you excited about sword swallowing!
Dan is THE Sword Swallower!"
-Suzie Wiley, Host, Valley Happenings, WYAM TV 51, Decatur, AL
"Your sword swallowing is truly AMAZING!
You are living proof that with God, NOTHING is impossible!
Thank you for using the platform that God has given you
to spread the Word!"
-Vic Kennett, President/CEO, Kerusso Christian Apparel, Berryville, AR
"Clearly your ministry represents Christ well
and serves to further His kingdom.
It is an honor for us to serve you in that endeavor."
-Jeff Chambers, President, Endorsed Ministry Guide
The PROOF is What's INSIDE!
"Dan's sword swallowing is amazing on its own,
but his sword swallowing mixed with a Christian message is REVOLUTIONARY!"
-Pastor Les Jones, New Song Family Church, Decatur, AL
"That was the BEST gospel presentation I have EVER seen!"
-Pastor Gary Dilley, Upward, College Park Church, Huntington, IN
"It was more than just jaw-dropping entertainment for an hour;
it was a life-changing experience I'll remember for a LIFETIME!"
-Audience member, First Baptist Church, Decatur, AL
"The show was great, but the presentation of the Gospel was even BETTER!
That was the BEST presentation of the Gospel
we've ever had in our church - concise and to the point!
Actually, it was the BEST presentation of the Gospel
I've EVER seen in over 25 years of ministry!"
-Dr. Bill Hurt, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Decatur, AL
"I really didn't think sword swallowing was really real at first,
but the end of the show really affected me. It was AWESOME!
It was AMAZING! All the kids were talking about it all week long!
It was the BEST part of the whole week!"
-Britney Cobb, Impact, Hartselle Church of Christ, Hartselle, AL
"Your show really affected me -
It made my heart beat fast,
...almost made me wanna cry.
I couldn't help but put myself in your place.
It really affected me like nothing else I've ever seen!"
-Brittani Trumble, Freedom Experience, Texarkana, TX
"That made a bigger impact on me
than anything else in my ENTIRE LIFE!"
-Blake, student, Impact Youth Program, David Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
"What an AMAZING show!!!
Dan kept us on the edge of our seats swallowing swords,
and then captivated our audience with his Gospel presentation.
I have never seen a group of 400 kids go from that level of excitement
to hanging on every word the way they did with Dan!
They are already begging for him to come back next year!
Highly recommend him!"
-Josh Johnson, Upward Director, First Baptist Church, Weaver, AL
"Dan's Upward show was every Hollywood adjective:
Riveting, show-stopping, magical, exhilarating, breath-taking,
but with a very "REAL" down-to-earth guy!
Everyone LOVED it! Great for any age... Teenagers, adults,
gradeschool and preschoolers, young and old! They were ALL amazed!
Dan was well-organized and professional,
but yet he treated everyone with respect
and went out of his way to make each kid feel like somebody special.
As for me, I couldn't stop hunching down in my seat and squealing out LOUD!
On scale of 1-5 stars, I'd give Dan a 6!!"
-Jamie Honaker, Upward Director, Buchanan County, Grundy, VA
"The show was FANTASTIC,
but your testimony was LIFE-CHANGING!"
-Gene DeRolf, North Webster UMC, N Webster, IN
"Thank you for sharing your talents as God's tools tonight!
It was the most incredible sound hearing all those
tiny voices asking Christ into their hearts!"
-Heather Adams Cortez, Upward First Baptist Church, Weaver, AL
"I was moved by your performance, as were many around me.
I heard several children around me repeating your prayer asking Jesus into their hearts.
That was AWESOME!"
-Jeffery Payne, Upward Unlimited, Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
"Dan's Upward show was the easiest one to manage,
and the easiest for the kids to connect with!
Dan made a real connection with the kids!
The way he held the kids' attention and planted seeds in them was incredible,
and the way he came back around to reap the harvest in his message was AWESOME!
Dan was the BEST of all the Upward speakers we've ever had!
We'd love to have him back again, not only for a double, but for 3 or 4 more programs!"
-Russ Meredith, Upward Unlimited, Bible Fellowship Church, Newark, DE
"Dan's Upward show was edge-of-the-seat exciting!
I was squirming, laughing, closing my eyes, cheering,
or holding my breath at any given moment throughout the show.
I thought the kids might not enjoy the show at first;
But watching them and their excitement, awe, disbelief,
and pure enjoyment put all my concerns to rest.
I was even more impressed with how he was
able to tie the Gospel message into his show.
My kids said it was the BEST show they had EVER seen!
And they're STILL talking about it!"
-Rick Chancey, Upward Unlimited Director, Smiths Station Baptist Church, Smiths Station, AL
"I was absolutely amazed! As I watched the kids and adults around me,
they were on the edge of their seats and stayed there the entire show!
I especially loved it when Dan gave his testimony, sat down on the stage,
and made it real and personal.
I highly recommend Dan to all audiences;
You will be entertained and amazed by what you see!"
--Cesar Montoya, Upward Unlimited Director of Sports, Ev Free Church, Chico, CA
"One man came up to me and said,
'We've been coming to this church for 4 years,
and have never experienced a program with the Gospel that POWERUL!'
Well, I've been pastor here for MANY years,
and I've NEVER experienced anything like this before!"
-Pastor Dave Smitley, Upward North Webster UMC, N Webster, IN
"Dan really holds the audience's attention!
We were amazed, on edge, and inspired all at the same time!
This is an Upward Awards Night that families will be talking about years from now!
Dan is a super great guy with contagious enthusiasm!
We highly recommend him!"
-DeAnna McNeill, Upward Unlimited Director, Friendship UMC, Athens, AL
"I was blessed to have met Dan. What a true man of God!
He is so genuine and truly is one of the nicest Upward entertainers we've ever had at an Upward event!
Dan is a celebrity, but yet is so down to earth... so genuine.
When talking to him, you feel like you've known him forever.
Most people will remember him for his unique talent of swallowing swords,
but I'll remember him for the warm person he is."
-Cindy Freeman, Upward Unlimited Assistant, Central Baptist, Douglasville, GA
"Dan is great to work with! His ministry is unique and attention-grabbing!
The variety of "Superhuman" stunts and comedy is fantastic,
and his message points it all back to Christ!
Want something totally different, something out-of-the-box?
Spend an evening with Dan Meyer!"
-Jody Hooven, Youth Pastor, Upward Unlimited, Friendship UMC, Athens, AL
"My students couldn't stop talking about Dan all day!
Upward makes a great impact on kids that get the message no other way."
-Barb Hirschy, School Teacher, Huntington, IN
"We've been involved in Upward for 8 years.
After Dan's program, many people came up to me and said,
"That's the BEST Upward Awards program we've ever had!"
-Gary Mast, Upward Unlimited League Director, Huntington, IN
"I absolutely loved how Dan used his talent to share the gospel.
It was perfect how he talked about "seeing it to believe it"
and asked if anyone still didn't believe as he went on.
He captured everyone's attention which was exactly
what was needed to then explain about Christ.
I was thrilled to be able to see him!"
-Brooke Groves, Upward Assistant Basketball Coach, Huntington, IN
"Dan's unique program is beyond entertaining.
His message of the Lord's power is wonderful!
A 'must see' program--DON'T MISS IT!"
-Charles Chapman, Upward League Basketball Referee, Huntington, IN
"Dan was a FANTASTIC finisher for our Upward season!
Really grabbed everyone's attention and used that
to convey the Gospel message in a clear, compelling way.
Every Upward league should book Dan if he's available!
-Dwight Brautigam, Upward League Basketball Referee, Huntington, IN
"Dan is a great Upward entertainer and more importantly,
he has a very unique delivery of God's Word!
He has an excellent way of fulfilling the Great Commission
to spread the Word to all nations.
I highly recommend Dan for other Upward events."
-Upward League Volunteer, Huntington, IN
"Very, VERY entertaining! But beyond that,
Dan really came through to the children in a pure,
honest way about his journey of trusting God
and was able to use his talents to share Christ's salvation."
-Upward League Volunteer, Huntington, IN
"Dan was wonderful to work with.
His Upward Awards show was EXCELLENT!
Dan has a GREAT testimony.
And he took time to talk with as many kids and parents as wanted to talk.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM!"
-Milan Dekich, Pastor, Fairview Church of God, Falkville, AL
"When I heard we were having a sword swallower for our Upward Celebration,
I thought 'This should be interesting but how can we use it?'
I was amazed at your abilities, but especially your message.
The kids really paid attention!
Thank you for the performance and message.
-Dr. Mark Sell, Upward League Referee, Huntington, IN
The children really enjoyed him!
My family enjoyed the show
and we would love to go see Dan Meyer again!
He proves his love toward Jesus.
I highly recommend him!"
-Upward League Volunteer, Huntington, IN
"I have not seen a group of kids and adults
more intensely focused on a Gospel message in years!
Pat yourself on the back, and send a big thank you to the presenter...
He was AWESOME!"
-Tom Mills, VP, First Federal Savings Bank, Huntington, IN
"Dan Meyer is an amazing man who will shock and wow you with his feats,
and then take you to a very REAL conclusion.
The way Dan explains about God and the Sword of the Spirit touches the soul
no matter where you are in your walk, whether you're a new Christian,
or you're in the walk for a while. It was AMAZING!
We had over 153 salvations and re-dedications!
After the show was over, all we could say was 'WOW!'
Dan uses his amazing skills, talents and blessings to put blessings on your life!
I HIGHLY recommend Dan to any group, church or youth group!"
-Alex Meeks, Staff, Oneighty, Maize, KS
"I was one decision away from becoming an atheist.
I had no reason to believe God was real or that his word could change my life.
After Dan's message, I gave my heart to Christ.
He helped me see that God's word is real
and powerful enough to change everything.
Thank you for having Dan Meyer... it changed my life."
-Jennifer, student, Wichita, KS
"Dan was incredible at our Upward Awards Ceremony!
Not only is Dan's talent of sword swallowing incredible,
but God has blessed Dan with the ability to share the gospel of Jesus to all ages.
It was awesome how he tied sword swallowing to the Gospel,
taking the audience from non-belief to belief
and tieing it all together so remarkably.
Dan has an amazing testimony and a powerful message,
and he uses sword swallowing to deliver that message.
You have to hear it to believe it!
We had several first time decisions for Christ!
The kids loved him, the adults loved him, and we hope to have Dan back for a future event!
I would recommend Dan to anyone looking for something different!"
-Ronnie Davis, Pastor Sports and Recreation, Central Baptist Church, Douglasville, GA
"It was WONDERFUL!
That was a show the kids will NEVER forget,
and neither will the adults!
My heart was beating so fast... It was AMAZING!"
-Terry Lee, First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach, SC
"That was AWESOME! I absolutely LOVED it!"
-Dr. Ergun Caner, President, Liberty University Seminary, Lynchburg, VA
"Dan Meyer's show was INCREDIBLE!
We had 104 decisions for Christ and 53 first-time salvations!
His performance and ability is so unique,
it allows him to captivate his audience for the entire performance.
The best part is that Dan brought a wonderfully unique message
drawing comparisons to the Sword of the Spirit
that set up a tremendous response from our students.
The Word was powerful and effective.
I recommend Dan Meyer without reservation to anyone looking for
something new, fresh, unique and captivating!
Dan is the REAL DEAL!
His performance as well as behind-the-scenes character was impeccable."
-Devin Leichner, Pastor, Oneighty, The Ark, Maize, KS
"Dan - You were awesome! Thanks for all you did,
and for touching the 41 children who responded! Keep on!"
-Joe Perry, Director Prestonwood Sports Outreach, Prestonwood Baptist, Plano, TX
"This year we had the privilege of having Dan Meyer on our Youth Encounter stage.
Tremendous artist, tremendous performer... Love the man's heart...
If you've got an event coming up, you NEED to have Dan there!
If he's booked, you need to change your date, because he's a great artist!
If you're looking for the "same old same old" for your next event, then Dan Meyer is not your man.
But if you're looking for something totally different, totally off the charts,
then have Dan Meyer on your stage at your next event!"
-Grant Medford, Director YEC Youth Encounter, Student/Family Ministries, IL Baptist State Association
"What you do is INCREDIBLE!"
-Aaron Crabb, Christian Artist, The Crabb Family
"I think you are completely fascinating -
from India to a deserted island to Op Camp!
You blessed us in a HUGE way,
and gave the kids an experience they will NEVER forget!"
-Coach Van Gravitt, Director, Opportunity Camp, Merkel, TX
"You ROCKED at The Rock at New Year's Aid!
I went in thinking it couldn't be done,
but came out knowing it was REAL!
-Nikki Veronica McGrath, New Year's Aid, McLean Bible Church, Vienna, VA
"You were awesome!
You were the best part of the whole New Year's Aid!"
-Jessica Corley, Worship Team, New Year's Aid, McLean Bible Church, Vienna, VA
"My life is forever changed because of Dan Meyer tonight
who trusted me with his life and opened my mind to new things.
I knew there was a God, but I had lots of questions...
Now, I don't question anymore."
-Megan Pittcock, Extreme Tour, Abundant Life Church, Indianapolis, IN
"Your show was mind-bending!
That made a lasting impression on me
that I will NEVER forget!"
-Zachary Keller, YEC Oklahoma State Baptist Convention, Oklahoma City, OK
"Every aspect of Dan's show was AMAZING!
Had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end!
But it was Dan's message and how he tied the gospel in that was absolutely incredible.
Dan's interaction with the audience afterwards added a very personal touch.
The line for autographs and pictures was the longest of any entertainer we've ever had,
and Dan was willing to take pictures, sign autographs, and speak with every kid in line.
Dan has a unique story that needs to be shared with others."
-Jason Sikes, Recreation Minister, Salem Baptist Church, McDonough, GA
"Dan Meyer is one of the most unique performers I've ever seen!
Dan has developed a way of sharing the Gospel
through his unique presentation that gets everyone's attention!
After hearing his heart for reaching the lost, we just had to bring him on onboard Cruise with a Cause.
He does a great job and we'll have him back.
I'm just glad this is NOT the talent God gave me!"
-Dr. Matthew Dunaway, President, PraiseFest Ministries, Cruise With a Cause, Bahamas
"I had no idea that Dan would be so funny!
He's quite the comedian!"
-Joy Davis, Upward Unlimited Volunteer, Central Baptist Church, Douglasville, GA
"Dan presented a professional top-notch show that appealed to all ages...
The kids and adults laughed, oohed, and awed with equal enthusiasm!"
-Clayton Owen, Upward Unlimited Director, First Baptist Church, McKenzie, TN
"Thank you for touching all of our hearts.
You are an inspiration. I truly believe you are anointed.
As long as you are humbly walking with and waiting upon God,
your ministry will have unbelievable power and influence."
-Janet Clark, Upward Director, College Park Church, Huntington, IN
"Dan's show was creative and out-of-the-box,
which was essential in grabbing the attention of hundreds of teens for God.
Dan helped our audience see that God really can use nobodies
to impact our world if we're willing to think outside the box... WAY outside the box!
Dan demonstrated that if God can use a nobody from Indiana, he can anyone!
Our social networking sites blew up after the event -
Kids and parents posted photos, videos, and awesome quotes
about how they were impacted by what they'd seen,
Proof of a lasting impression in their minds and conviction in their hearts."
-Bryan Roe, Youth Pastor, Mathcbox, Crosspoint Church, Oconomowoc, WI
"In all my years of children's ministry,
that was the BEST presentation of the Gospel
I've ever heard for young ears!
It was all I could've hoped for and more!"
-Jason C, Youth Pastor, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA
"Dan was one big gulp of excitement!
Dan's message cut deep,
but instead of shedding blood,
we shed tears."
-Jody Dean, Upward Unlimited Director, First Baptist Church, Rainsville, AL
"Dan is an awesome Upward entertainer with a unique gift.
He is a blast to have for any kids event!
Our kids were in awe and their parents were squirming!
You can't get a better combo if you deal with Children's ministry.
A great show for the whole family!"
-Jim Beckner, Upward Unlimited Director, Trinity Baptist, Trinity, AL
"It was NOT your run-of-the-mill show!
It was totally different,
and so exciting that I almost jumped out of my pew!"
-Linda Moody, Upward Unlimited, Smiths Station Baptist Church, AL
"When Dan started speaking,
the kids got totally quiet and really paid attention!
It was exciting, different, intense,
and the most memorable Upward show I've ever seen!"
-Brandy Tarno, Upward Unlimited, Smiths Station Baptist Church, AL
"Dan's show was as REAL as it gets!
Dan gave us a lot to take home, but not to try at home!
This was the most unusual and challenging performance we've ever had!"
-Rev. Jeff Mann, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rainsville, AL
"Thanks for speaking the truth,
and for the way you relate it all
to point to Him."
-Kipp Planck, Upward Unlimited Awards Celebration, 1st Baptist Church, New Lebanon, OH
"WOW! What an amazing talent God has given you!
I really enjoyed your performance at Critical Mass this weekend.
I could really relate to you. When I was little, I was extremely shy too.
Thanks so much for sharing your amazing story and talent!
Now I have a dream to speak and encourage people all over!
-Shelly Jenkins, Critical Mass, Portage, WI
"Dan gave one of the "sharpest" presentations of the Gospel I have ever witnessed!
Young and old were awed by his unique talents.
And dear to an event coordinator's heart is the fact that Dan is such a genuine
and caring Christian who was willing to be flexible enough to fit into our schedule.
Thanks for making our event so memorable
that people will talk about it for years to come!"
-DeLiska Lee, Coordinator, Faith Fellowship, Winfield, AL
"That was AWESOME!
But if I was you, I wouldn't do that!"
-Westin, 6 years old, Shady Grove Baptist Church, Neel, AL
"As the mother of a very impressionable son,
I want to tell you how much we enjoyed your performance.
Frank has Asberger symptom, a form of autism.
He was so impressed with your performance and your wonderful testimony,
especially the way you connected it with following God's Word.
Thank you for setting a great example for all of us to follow.
You sure put on a cutting edge performance!"
-Kathy Goodwin, Shady Grove Baptist Church, Neel, AL
"Dan's ability to swallow swords is tasteful and incredibly entertaining.
But he has an amazing heart for people,
and to me that makes Dan a rare entertainer."
-Chris Ratcliff, First Baptist Church, Paxton, IL
"You truly are one-of-a-kind and have a special God-given gift!
You have the charisma, credentials, and Christ-like humility
that will continue to bring you before unique crowds.
The Bible says, 'Your gift will make room for you'. How true!
Thanks for your encouragement, inspiration and powerful message!"
-Frank Shelton, Evangelist/Author, Praisefest Cruise, Bahamas
"Dan's show brings entertainment, faith in doing the impossible,
and ministry together brilliantly."
-Andy Kula, Upward Unlimited, Asbury UMC, Madison, AL
"I've never seen anything like that before!
I thought it was going to be fake,
But it was absolutely AWESOME!"
-Chris Cordova, World Harvest Church, Hartselle, AL
"I was a little nervous that bringing a sword swallower to our church
might turn into a circus… However Dan not only entertained us,
but he taught our youth and adults valuable lessons in faith,
and turned his performance into a meaningful experience
focused on Christian values and a faith walk with Christ."
-Ashley Jordan, Youth Pastor, Archer's Chapel UMC, Frog Jump, TN
The kids were RIVETED to Dan's performance!"
--Upward League Volunteer, Huntington, IN
"I appreciate what you do,
not just the sword swallowing,
but what you do for God,
the way you tell it plain and simple with humility,
and how you give HIM the glory."
-Jeff Lail, Upward Unlimited Awards Celebration, 1st Baptist Church, New Lebanon, Ohio
"Dan Meyer not only awed me with his sword swallowing,
but he surprised me by being so funny and entertaining.
But then he took it one step further
by strengthening my faith in a whole new way!"
-Preston Eakins, Battle Creek, MI
"I had been looking forward to Dan coming to Mega Youth Ministry for a long time,
and I was expecting entertainment, but what I received was so much more;
it was entertainment with a message that inspired not only myself,
but many of the youth and adults in attendance. Great job!"
-John Cowlin, Mega Youth Ministry Coordinator, Syracuse, NY
Dan's message about the Gospel really made it personal!"
--Jerry Lane, Upward League Referee Commissioner, Huntington, IN
"Thank you so much for coming to First Baptist Church, Dan.
You are truly a talented man of God.
My children have not stopped talking about the show,
even while getting ready this morning!
-Karen Berck, Upward Unlimited League parent, First Baptist Church, Weaver, AL
"I thought I was just going to see some sword swallowing,
but I was so surpised to see so much more -
You took it to another level; you really affected me in a powerful way."
-Biker, Hogs in Ministry Biker Day, The River Church, Holly, MI
"When you showed me what I thought was true WASN'T true,
you made me doubt what I thought I believed,
and believe something new."
-Biker, Hogs in Ministry Biker Day, The River Church, Holly, MI
"WOW! What a show!
You changed my perspective on sword swallowing,
...AND on LIFE!"
-Fernando Perrez, Liberty Baptist Church, Hamtpon, VA
"Thanks for the most memorable night in my kids' life so far!
After sharing your 'behind the scenes' ordeal with my kids,
the show meant that much more.
Your perseverance in His name had as much impact as the actual performance.
I'm sure all the other parents and audience members will join me in saying
that we will NEVER FORGET this show for many, many reasons!
Thank you for your willingness to be used for His glory
even under the enemy's attack.
We were truly changed by your visit!
May God continue to bless your ministry!"
- Meredith Smith, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA
"The highlight of the night was Dan's sword swallowing...
Some watched in amazement, while others couldn't watch at all!
I really liked seeing how Dan worked the Sword of the Spirit into his message."
-Pastor Larry Head, Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church, Newport, MI
"You were a breath of fresh air,
fresh and completely different than anything else we've ever had!"
-Earl Campbell, 5th Quarter, Trinity Bible Church, Willow Park, TX
"Thank you again for all you did for us!
I have to say you are the nicest entertainer we have ever had here.
We enjoyed having you, and are telling EVERYONE about your ministry!
Thank you again!"
-Cindy Freeman, Upward Unlimited, Central Baptist Church, Douglasville, GA
"God has given you a special gift to use a physical sword
to impart truths of the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God."
-Rev. Genius Wells, Chapel on the Hill Church, Nassau, Bahamas
"That boy ain't right!"
-Robert Frisk, Hartselle Flea Market, Hartselle, AL
"We, like Jesus, must use the ever-changing methods of communication
to disseminate the unchanging message of God's love and forgiveness."
Dan Meyer was undeniably the BEST Upward speaker
we've EVER had for an Upward Awards Night!
Never have we had more buzz going on before, during
and after an Upward Awards Night like there was with Dan.
People were squeamish while watching the feats,
but they were too scared to look away.
They didn't want to miss a thing!
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire show from beginning to end!
The audience really connected with Dan and his craft.
His performance was PHENOMENAL, and his message was POWERFUL!
Dan really grabbed the audience's attention and pulled them in!
During his message, it got so quiet you could hear a feather fall!
His performance impact and message, added to the work the coaches did,
lead to the eternity-changing experience for 61 young people.
If you want to drive the Gospel forward in YOUR Upward program,
YOU NEED TO HIRE DAN MEYER!
-Bennett Traylor, Upward Unlimited Team Sports Director,
Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
...Dan's performance was second to none!
Dan's music background, his kind humor, his enthusiasm, his teaching techniques,
his unbelievable skills -- all of these kept children AND adults riveted to the performance!
Just when the audience believed there was nothing more challenging that he could do,
Dan would top his last feat to thrill and amaze us all over again!
Dan is an outstanding entertainer... kind, loving, humble, exciting, polished,
interactive, a master of timing... and he has mastered a skill that is rarely seen
performed anywhere in the world.
Dan risked his life over and over again onstage in order to present
a believable, understandable picture of the gospel.
His humble, winsome ways broke down some very hard walls.
At least 30 people prayed to accept Jesus as Savior
as Dan led them in the "Sword Swallower's Prayer".
Dan won over 900 fans that day and we have already asked him to return next year!
Dan is the "real deal". He's easy to work with.
Regardless of all his accomplishments,
Dan is humble and kind and thoughtful.
The fruits of the Spirit are evident in his loving attitude
and actions toward others – both on and off stage.
I would highly recommend anyone anywhere to be sure to get Dan Meyer
to their area to present his swords and God's Sword of the Spirit.
-Janet Clark, Upward Director of Children's Ministries,
College Park Church, Huntington, IN
(read full testimonial)
The Man, The MinistryDan's Upward show grew out of a varied background in Christian missions and entertainment. Dan performed with missions teams throughout the United States and around the world, served as a missionary to India, worked in the Christian music industry as an award-winning Christian songwriter, producer and audio engineer with the Bill Gaither Trio, toured internationally with major secular and Christian artists, toured with the Celtic Christian rock band Ceili Rain on international tour in Ireland, served as Youth Director for the Thrivent North Alabama board, and led worship as a worship leader and musician on worship team at several churches around the South and Midwest. As a sword swallower and Christian youth speaker, Dan has reached over 500 million with his shows around the world, and his ministry has been reviewed and endorsed by Endorsed Ministry Guide for doctrinal soundness, artistic giftedness, professional integrity and manageability. With over 20 years' experience as an award-winning Christian entertainer, over 10 years as a professional Upward Awards Night Speaker, combined with a strong background in ministry and years of experience sharing the Gospel with children and adults in ways that are powerful and unforgettable, Dan presents a memorable show your group will NEVER forget!
Personal Background, History and Ministry Testimony
"As a kid, I grew up extremely scared, shy, and lonely... afraid of everything. I suffered from low self-esteem, inferiority complex, social anxiety disorder, fear of rejection, and fear of failure. As a result, I was a social outcast, teased, picked on, and beat up by the bullies.
Fortunately, I grew up in a Christian family and made a decision to give my life to the Lord when I was a teen. Because I grew up so shy, it was awkward for me to witness to people through words alone."
Billy Graham once said, 'Like Jesus, we must use the ever-changing methods of communication to proclaim the unchanging message of God's love and forgiveness.'
"My extreme ministry allows me to reach a wide audience and touch folks across a broad spectrum that other ministries might not be able to reach, from youth to yuppies, teens to seniors, losers to loners, quitters to cutters, Goth rockers to bikers, including those who might never step foot in a church."
From 1977-78, Dan served as a Lutheran missionary to India, where he almost died from Malaria fever. Dan comes from a long line of missionaries. Both of Dan's grandfathers and several uncles were Lutheran ministers, his grandparents and several cousins were Lutheran missionaries, and his mother was born in the mission field among a tribe of headhunters in the highlands of Papua New Guinea where Dan's grandfather was one of the first missionaries to take the Gospel to the cannibals in the interior. For the past 20 years, Dan's brother and his family have worked in mission fields around the world with Caleb Project, the United Center for World Missions, and now Greater Europe Missions in Europe.
In 2005, a near-fatal injury while swallowing 5 swords at once nearly cost Dan his life, causing him to quit sword swallowing completely for several weeks while doing some serious soul-searching. It wasn't until Dan was moved by a sermon on "using your unique gifts for the Lord instead of burying your talents" that caused Dan to take up sword swallowing again, but this time as a FULL-TIME calling. "...I had ignored the call to go into ministry full-time," Dan said, " until I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to quit my job and step out in faith in a unique ministry that had never been attempted before."
In 2006, Dan found himself on his knees in the middle of the night in Hartselle AL. "God had been dealing with me about leaving my comfort zone. I was living a great life, yet I felt spiritually unfulfilled. I knew God had a purpose for my life, a special calling, an amazing adventure ahead of me, but I struggled with having the faith to step out in obedience."
As Dan prayed, he felt God asking for unconditional surrender. "God wanted me to wave a white flag. I knew what I needed to do, but it was difficult to come up with the words," Dan said. "Finally I gave up and gave in to God. I offered the same prayer the prophet Isaiah prayed long ago: 'Here I am, Lord; Send me!' " (Is. 6:8)
"Sword swallowing is a risky and dangerous calling. But this is what I call a dangerous prayer. It's risky because God immediately takes you up on it. I believe when you offer these simple words, something amazing happens. God closes in on us in order to crush our fears and demolish our selfishness."
After Dan prayed this prayer, he began to get a sense of peace and a vision for his future. "I saw a sea of faces. I had a vision that I'd be traveling and meeting people around the world, and I was scared to death. I had no idea how I'd get there, what I would say, or who would cover the trips," Dan said. "So I swallowed hard and prayed again: Here I am, Lord; Send me!"
After working in the Nashville secular and Christian music business for over 20 years, Dan left a lucrative six-figure job and stepped out in faith based on his convictions that God was calling him into ministry to use his unique talents to reach those that other ministries might never reach. "This was NOT an easy decision to make," Dan said. "I wrestled with it for a long time before I accepted that this was what God really wanted me to do with my life."
After praying about in for several weeks, in May 2007, Dan felt called to quit his job and step out in faith to follow his calling and pursue a unique ministry full-time doing something never done before - a ministry based around sword swallowing!
Where it has taken him since then has been nothing short of miraculous -- Exactly one year later he was performing on the semi-finals of America's Got Talent at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas, and realized had been seen by over 500 million viewers, over half a BILLION people around the world in the past year alone. "This was nothing I came up with!" Dan says. "Ever since I stepped out in faith and followed His leading, God has blessed me with opportunities and blessings beyond anything I could have ever imagined - I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is the calling He has called me to do," Dan said, "...to serve God by inspiring others that He can do the impossible in THEIR lives!"
"Now the whole world is my mission field, and His Sword is my weapon - Have Sword, will travel!"
"People often don't know what to think when they hear that I'm a 'Christian Sword Swallower' and some don't take it seriously. But I do! My ministry requires not only a deep conviction and commitment that this is what God has called me to do, but also a very real physical risk - Jesus said, 'He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.' I literally lay my life on the line and risk my life as a living sacrifice to get people to believe each and every time I step out to minister - It requires a real life-and-death commitment, and I take it very seriously! But I love what I do... It's not only my calling, it's my life!"
"God made each person unique with their own special gifts. I am most fulfilled when I'm living out the calling God has given me - combining my unique talents with my passion to impact lives for the kingdom of God," Dan said, "I use my unique ministry to let audiences know it's ok to be unique and stand for what you believe in, whatever your calling is!"
"I inspire people to let God do the IMPOSSIBLE in their lives. My purpose is to help others find THEIRS."
"I like to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable by performing REAL feats people think are impossible in order to prove how awesome God made the human body!"
"What I do is very REAL - By the end of my program, I've taken the audience from being non-believers to becoming believers that sword swallowing is REAL! Then I remind them that to many people in his day, Jesus was also seen as controversial, a magician or charlatan just doing fake tricks or illusions, until they saw that He was REAL, and this reality created a huge IMPACT causing them to BELIEVE in Him," Dan said. " I use what I do to follow in His footsteps and impact people by being the real deal."
"I like to leave an impact on audiences and remind them that ALL things are possible with God! Then I challenge them to go out and do the impossible, to be REAL in their lives and impact others with their lives... to live life abundantly, with gusto... not just to sip life, but to GULP it!"
"It's not about being famous, and it's not about impressing others." Dan says. "You can't impress people into heaven!"
"It's about serving God and impacting OTHERS. My dream is to impact as many lives as possible. If God can use something as crazy as my swords as a way of grabbing people's attention, then who am I to stop Him?"
"It's better to inspire one than impress a million."
"There's a big difference between fame and impact. Fame can ruin lives; Impact can change them.
I wasn't called to be famous; I was called to be faithful, to use my unique gifts to impact lives for HIS glory."
"The fruit is in seeing lives impacted. It's this fruit of seeing lives impacted that confirms this is what God has called me to do. Just seeing God open doors, seeing people's faces when I perform, and knowing God is using me to impact lives is tremendously exciting to me."
As Dan says in his shows, "Keep it REAL! - The Proof is what's INSIDE!"
Dan discussing his calling and ministry on Atlanta Live Part 1
WATC TV Atlanta Live Interview Part 2
When you're looking for a Christian entertainer for an Upward Unlimited or other Christian or family event, it's important to find an act that's clean, wholesome, entertaining, professional and experienced in front of church and youth audiences. You're not just paying for the show, but for peace of mind. After all, if the performer offends someone in your audience, it makes YOU look bad!
Clean wholesome performers typically cost more than "club" performers. This is because good quality family entertainment for a church youth audience is much harder to find than the average nightclub performer.
Performers who risk their lives to perform specialized feats involving physical danger cost more other non-specialized run-of-the-mill performers due to the special skills, risks and dangers involved. With less than a few dozen true sword swallowers left in the world, unique world-class acts like this are few and hard to find.
Your job is to book a compelling, entertaining act with wide appeal that won't offend your audience, but WILL reach both kids AND adults.
Most Upward Directors are looking for an Upward ENTERTAINER who can not only entertain the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats, but they also need an Upward SPEAKER who can capture the audience's attention and deliver a powerful Christian message to get them OUT of their seats -- not just to reach the kids, but also to impact other family members who might not attend church regularly.
There are thousands of club entertainers and speakers in the world, only a few dozen sword swallowers left, but there's ONLY ONE Christian Sword Swallower who can put on a wholesome but compelling family show that will entertain both kids AND adults, capture their attention and get across a powerful Christian message with IMPACT!
If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind PERFORMER who can ENTERTAIN both kids and adults with cutting edge FEATS, and a Christian SPEAKER who can IMPACT both kids AND adults with a PIERCING MESSAGE, you've found what you're looking for!
Cutting Edge Innertainment - Top-notch entertainment with an EDGE, a powerful Christian message with a POINT - a LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE your audience will NEVER FORGET!
Cutting Edge Innertainment is here to serve YOU and YOUR UPWARD PROGRAM!
Let us know what we can do to serve you!
HONORARIUMTo reach youth, sometimes you need to invest in something special to really grab their attention and impact them in profound ways.
To get the BEST results, you need to use the BEST.
To get the TOP in the field, the BEST always comes with a price.
The value in using the BEST is that the RESULTS are well worth the investment!
If you really want to impact your youth...
Then you want more than just jaw-dropping entertainment to engage them for an hour...
You want a life-changing experience that'll leave a lasting impression for a LIFETIME!
There's NO price tag you can put on this kind of eternal value!
Dan's Upward Awards Night Celebration program is not only fun, highly entertaining, educational, motivational and inspirational, but audiences say it leaves a profound impact on their lives they'll NEVER FORGET! Due to high demand and the rare and extremely dangerous nature of this death-defying act, standard bookings for a Cutting Edge mainstream corporate secular show usually go for a premium fee.* However, as a special offer to Upward Directors and church youth pastors, Dan offers his Christian youth program for Upward Unlimited™ Awards Night Celebrations and Christian youth events at affordable discounted rates for churches and Upward leagues based on your specific needs and requirements, plus accommodations and travel. (*Standard rates for mainstream secular NON-Upward show: $4985-$6465/appearance)
CEI understands the value of your budget dollar during this tight economy and realizes that some events are forced to work within limited budgets. We're willing to work with you on creative solutions, and do whatever we can to work within your budget to create a win/win situation to make sure you get the best value in having Dan minister with you. Don't assume you can't afford Dan at your Upward event! Please complete the booking inquiry with your needs and budget range today, and let's DISCUSS options for a creative solution! If we can't help you due to schedule or other constraints, we may be able to recommend other Upward performers who might be a better fit within your budget.
TRAVELDan is based near Indianapolis, IN, and travels and performs full-time around the US and in 20 countries around the world.
For regional Upward programs, other than mileage, there are no additional accommodation expenses for events within 75 miles of Muncie, IN.
For other locations, please take a look at Dan's schedule below and see if there are any dates that he may already be scheduled in your part of the country. If you schedule Dan as your Upward Awards Night Speaker during a time he is already performing in your same CITY, YOU PAY NO TRAVEL FEE! If you schedule Dan while he is in your AREA, you can save substantially on your travel fee.
If you don’t see your area listed below, please call 615-969-2568 to double-check Dan's schedule (Dan's schedule is constantly changing and he may be coming to your area, but it might not be confirmed or listed on the calendar yet).
Better yet, just REQUEST Dan to come to your area! If you know of one or two other churches or Upward leagues who are willing to book Dan in your area around the same time as your Upward Awards Night Celebration, let us know, and we'll work out a way to split travel and accommodation costs!
Of course, if you KNOW you want to Dan to come, and you don't want to risk having your date get booked by someone else, BOOK it NOW or call 615-969-2568 ASAP. It often costs LESS to fly across the country than to drive within your own state, and we can often book quick and inexpensive flights out of Indianapolis. Some churches and Upward leagues even use frequent flyer miles from members to arrange FREE flights or hotels! Don't give up on having Dan perform at your Upward Awards Night Celebration! Please call and let's DISCUSS options!
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RECOMMENDATIONSDon't just take our word for it. Just read this Letter of Recommendation from an Upward church to Upward Unlimited™ to see what others have said about the impact of Dan's show on their Upward audience. (Right click to download)
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