Dean Gunnarson is the star of OLN Network's "Escape or Die" t.v. series. Dean’s unique and entertaining style is best described as a cross between Harry Houdini and Evel Knievel. Dean has performed worldwide with his blend of comedy, audience participation and heart-stopping, edge of your seat entertainment.
Dean Gunnarson has achieved new heights as an escape artist. Whether he is dangling by his toes from a trapeze bar 726 feet over Hoover Dam in Las Vegas or opening for legendary bands like Aerosmith; Dean is always setting new records. He has successfully conquered many challenges and obstacles by taking his daring escapes to incredible limits. One of his most recent television specials, "World's Most Dangerous
Magic II" on N.B.C., Gunnarson faced his greatest fear as he escaped suspended upside down over a swamp of 130 hungry alligators in the Florida everglades covered in chicken meat and blood.
Dean has traveled from the Great Wall of China to the ancient Pyramids of Egypt, the Glaziers of Iceland & the Amazon rain forest of South America, Niagara Falls, Hoover Dam to the bright lights of Las Vegas & from Hollywood to Nashville to Broadway. Dean has performed from one end of this Earth to the other! He has traveled around the world entertaining people with his unique style of escaping, while always putting wonder or laughter on people's faces.
Dean has been proclaimed “The World’s Greatest Escape Artist” by winning “The Houdini Award” on the “Magic Stars” television show in Tokyo, Japan. It officially recognized what the world has known for many years, Dean is the “World’s Greatest Escape Artist”. Dean received the award from Tony Curtis, who played Houdini in the 1953 movie. The Houdini Award is only one recent highlight in an internationally acclaimed career that has showcased Dean’s talents to millions of people around the world.
Dean Gunnarson has taken his vast experiences as an escape artist traveling around the world achieving the impossible and created a series of motivational presentations. People eagerly sit and listen to the lessons and techniques that he has learned from years of escaping. Dangling over man-eating alligators, locked in shark cages underwater, hanging by his toes 726 feet over Hoover Dam in Las Vegas , thrown out of airplanes chained and handcuffed at 13,000 feet or crushed in a car, are a few of the amazing escapes he talks about. Why does Dean do these things? Is he afraid? What does his mother think? You won't find out the secrets of his escapes, but you will leave knowing things that are even more important to you!
Learn how to use the techniques of visualization in overcoming your daily fears. Learn the best technique for preparing for meetings, addressing an audience or even a school presentation. Dean will inspire and teach you ways of improving your future in ways you never imagined. See how your audience gets motivated to achieve the impossible in their daily lives. Dean gives them the courage, hope, determination and the skills to believe in themselves no matter who they are or where they have come from. He uses many personal examples of overcoming huge obstacles in his life and doing things that people said could not be done!
Dean Gunnarson's personal story is even more amazing than his greatest of escapes. Get up close and personal with a truly unique individual that has overcome cancer, escaped death while trapped inside a coffin underwater, and is dealing with the loss of two fingers when his right hand was crushed in a near-fatal car crash. Dean has several motivational presentations he can do which can be combined with a live demonstration and/or video footage of some of his most incredible escapes. He will personally construct each presentation to fit in the time required and to the audience, he is speaking with. Dean is currently writing a book that will be a motivational autobiography. The book is due to be released later this year.