June 2014 Interviews

Celebrity Interviews – June 2014

[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on June 29th, 2014

Press Release-
Charlotte, NC (May 29, 2008) — The National Wrestling Alliance® is proud to announce the next inductee for this years NWA™ Hall of Fame. This man dominated the NWA™ throughout the 1980s and ’90s. He was the holder of the NWA™ National, United States (unifying the two titles in 1986) World Six Man Tag Team, World Tag Team Championships and the winner of the inaugural Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup; of course we’re speaking of “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff!

Koloff feuded with many of today’s legend’s all across the NWA™ including Dusty Rhodes, Wahoo McDaniels, Ric Flair, Ronnie Garvin, The Rock — N — Roll Express and Magnum TA. In the tag team area he was most successful teaming with “Uncle” Ivan Koloff and Krusher Kruschev.

“Nikita Koloff is an amazing talent and truly belongs in the NWA™ Hall of Fame! His career speaks for itself and we (the NWA™ Board of Directors) are very excited that he will be attending the ceremony in Atlanta” stated NWA Director, Ed Chuman.

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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on June 23rd, 2014

After growing up in Indiana as a scared, shy skinny kid teased and bullied by the bullies in Indiana, Dan Meyer vowed he would someday do the impossible and find meaning in his purpose and calling in life.

After being amazed while watching fire-eaters and sword swallowers — first as a child watching circus sideshows in Indiana, and later as a missionary witnessing Indian fakirs in India — Meyer became passionate about learning the incredible feats himself.

After working in the music business in Nashville, London, and Stockholm Sweden, Meyer shifted his focus from music to variety entertainer as clown, juggler, stilt-walker, fire-eater, glass-eater, and finally the most dangerous of all performance arts: Sword Swallower.

Hearing there were “less than a dozen sword swallowers left in the world” in 1997 led Meyer on his quest to locate the surviving sword swallowers and master the ancient art himself. After four years of in-depth research and careful daily practice totalling almost 13,000 unsuccessful attempts, Meyer finally taught himself to swallow solid steel swords up to 30 inches long while networking the remaining sword swallowers into the Sword Swallowers Association International.

As President of the Sword Swallowers Association International, award-winning author of a 2-year medical research study published in the British Medical Journal that won him the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine at Harvard, and avid historical researcher and passionate advocate for preserving the ancient art of sword swallowing, Meyer quickly became recognized as the world’s leading expert in the 4000 year old art of sword swallowing.

A 7-time Guinness World Record holder, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Top 50 Finalist on NBC’s
hit reality show America’s Got Talent, Meyer is in demand as the world’s top performing sword swallower for his live comedy performances, high profile stunts, motivational talks, medical lectures, and media appearances seen by over 750 million viewers in 20 countries around the world.

Described as a “Christian David Copperfield” who combines extreme feats with a powerful message instead of just tricks and illusions, Meyer eats fire, glass, and swallows solid steel swords, sabers, bayonets, razors, saws, hedge clippers, and other objects up to 30 inches long, and up to 21 swords at once!

Meyer has been featured on programs such as The Today Show, Stan Lee’s Superhumans, CNN News, CNN Health, Discovery Channel, Discovery Health, Discovery Int’l, The Learning Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, USA Network, Food Network, Spike TV, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, AOL News, MTV, ESPN, ET, CMT, WGN, 20/20, 48 Hours, PBS, NPR, BBC, CBC, CTV, ITV, NTV Russia, Jimmy Kimmel, Mancow, Newsweek, USAToday, NY Post, NY Times, London Times, National Geographic, Forbes, Nature Magazine, Guardian Magazine, British Medical Journal, Scientific American, Science Daily, Christian Activities, and Lutheran Standard — on over 700 TV appearances, 800 radio stations, and 1000 magazine and newspaper articles around the world.

Meyer has also shared the stage with artists such as Brooks & Dunn, Dwight Yoakim, Danny Glover, Sharon Osbourne, David Hasselhoff, Jerry Springer, Carmen Electra, Elvira, Rupert Boneham, Jenny McCarthy, Jeremy Camp, Britt Nicole, Paula White, Phil Joel, The NewsBoys, Audio Adrenaline, Hawk Nelson, Ceili Rain, and at Guinness and Ripley’s Believe It or Not attractions, colleges, universities, museums, science, medical, corporate, family and youth events around the world.

Despite a close call with a near-fatal injury while swallowing 5 swords at once, Meyer enjoys inspiring audiences with incredible feats. “I enjoy performing REAL feats that people think are impossible to demonstrate how incredible God made the human body, and to inspire people to do the impossible in their lives,” Dan explains.

To prove his point, Meyer swallowed a 30-inch sword while submerged 20 feet underwater in a tank of 88 sharks and stingrays for Ripley’s Believe It or Not, a feat witnessed by over 40 million viewers on over 500 TV stations. In 2010, he topped that by swallowing a sword heated to over 1500 degrees red-hot for Stan Lee’s Superhumans, a feat witnessed by 90 million viewers on The History Channel.

Today Dan enjoys traveling, geocaching, doing historical reenactments with his pet macaw, and speaking and performing full-time at colleges, universities, museums, science and medical events, conventions and corporate events, fairs, festivals, and artist tours, concerts, schools, churches, family and Christian youth events, TV and radio talk shows, documentaries, and other events around the world through Cutting Edge Innertainment.com

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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on June 9th, 2014

Rob first learned how to throw — on his own — in the fall of 2000. He first researched online to read about the different types of grips, throws and anything else that talked about throwing and then he went and threw. For 8 months; roughly 10 hours PER week, Rob worked on his backhand, forehand and hammer. By the time he started playing with the Dalhousie/King’s Ultimate Team (DKUT), Rob could throw the disc further than most people but he still had a lot to learn.

In the spring of his first year, he ended up playing with a veteran team in the annual Tournament of Fools. That weekend, Rob learned about edges and how to throw a disc in the wind and he never looked back. What was taught to him would change his throwing forever but it wasn’t until he really dedicated himself to practicing that he became a good thrower.

If you ever ask Rob about throwing, he’ll compare throwing to hitting a golf ball — until a golfer goes to the range and works on his shots, he’ll never become a better golfer. Same is true throwing a frisbee. In order to become a better thrower, you must first practice throwing for many hours.

It’s been said that in order to master a skill (i.e. throwing a frisbee) you need to repeat the motion 10,000 times. That’s a lot of throwing — and it needs to be quality throwing in addition to the number of reps.

Rob’s secret to success is practice and dedication. And the results are starting to show.

Personal Bests:

Longest throw with an ultimate disc — 130 yards
Longest throw with a golf disc — 213.5 metres (Canadian Distance Rec0rd)
Longest throw with a dog disc (Hero Xtra 235) — 116.55 yards (Quadruped World Record)
Longest throw with a dog disc (Innova Condor) — 134 yards (WFDF/Guinness World Record)
Longest throw with a dog disc (Super Hero) — 97 yards (Skyhoundz World Record)
Maximum Time Aloft — 15.37 seconds
Throw, Run, Catch — 79 metres
Maximum Time Aloft (on ice skates) — 12 seconds (WFDF/Guinness World Record)
Throw, Run, Catch (on ice skates) — 73.2 metres (WFDF/Guinness World Record)
Accuracy — 16
Hole in ones — 5

World Flying Disc Federation — Overall Committee member
World Flying Disc Federation — All Sport Commission member
Calgary Disc Golf Club — Executive board member
Ultimate Canada — Awards Committee member
Calgary Ultimate Association — past board member

Vivobarefoot — sponsored athlete
SAVAGE Ultimate — sponsored athlete
World Health — sponsored athlete
HBI — sponsored athlete
Horizon Heating — sponsored athlete

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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on June 3rd, 2014

Born and raised in Atlanta Ga, Theodus Crane was introduced to the world of art early. His mother began to encourage him to pursue extra roles in TV and film when he was a child. He spent time developing a love for visual art, music, spoken word, martial arts, massage therapy, burlesque and vaudeville,and side show performance. He’s been a strongman, a blue genie, a cellist, a fake opera singer, an amateur kickboxing world champion, and is currently a part of an all male dance group called the 610 Stompers.

But it wasn’t until he took the stage as ‘Chaiaphas” in “Jesus Christ Superstar” that Theodus realized what he loved most. Theodus Crane is an actor, currently based out of New Orleans, LA. He has performed stand up and improv comedy and has been in a variety of productions from NO.SOUL in New Orleans Fringe Fest 2010, to his first TV role as ‘Jogo’ in “Breakout Kings”. But it was when he played the role of ‘Big Tiny’ in AMC’s “The Walking Dead” that his career started to blossom. He has roles in the upcoming films “The Bag Man” with Robert de Niro, John Cusack, and Rebecca de Costa and “Barefoot” with Scott Speedman as well as the recently released feature “The Starving Games”. He is also in the Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions holiday film “Christmas In Conway” with Mary-Louise Parker, Mandy Moore, and Andy Garcia premiering December 1st on ABC.

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