Speed Painter Dan Dunn Opens for Terry Fator

Posted on Feb 6th, 2015

January 5-19, 2015:  What a week! We flew to Orlando to perform for Honeywell. I painted Ray Charles, Einstein and a Honeywell  laser scanner. Then off to Anaheim to perform for “The Special Event” trade show for event planners. We had a fun meeting and enjoyed visiting with the attendees, and performing on the showcase stage.

Then it was off to NYC to open for Terry Fator at the Waldorf Astoria for The 24 Karat Club of New York! This association has featured top entertainment for 100 years for this event. Bob Hope and many others have performed for them – it was an honor to be invited.

The ballroom is amazing: balconies and chandeliers and just gorgeous. I took the stage with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra in the middle and finished with Lady Liberty in 2 1/2 minutes. As I finished, I yelled out, “I love New York!” And the crowd went wild!  I really do. It’s an amazing town with so much going on. I never thought that this Texas boy would come to love what John Lennon described as the center of the creative world.

Terry took the stage and knocked down the pins that I had set up for him. What an entertainer! He does ventriloquism while singing and impersonating singers all with his mouth closed and performs duets with his puppets. It’s easy to see why he won America’s Got Talent and has a 100 million dollar deal with the Mirage in Las Vegas!

After the show, I visited with the guests and mingled as usual. We flew home just in time to load up the next day for a show in Conroe TX, a satellite city of Houston. It was an unexpected treat to see several of my buddies drawing caricatures at the same event!
I love my job, but after four bookings in seven days coast to coast with flight delays and all of the usual fun and games, I was glad to get home!

"I’ve never seen a performance quite like yours before. Your energy was a perfect match for the mood of the evening and I loved how you surprised us all. I had no idea what to expect…Together we raised more than $2 million dollars in donations..." Sir Richard Branson
"This guy is amazing. Speaking of talented guys we have Dan Dunn… He might be insane. It will blow your mind, the guy is fantastic." Jimmy Fallon
"Our thanks to painter Dan Dunn and his extraordinary portrait of todays starting quarterbacks." Jim Brown, Super Bowl XLIV
"You were a huge hit! I am always looking for a dramatic and powerful way to kick off our meetings. Not only did you WOW the audience but you set the right stage and tone for the remainder of our meeting. People are still talking about your performance! Your tribute to our founder was incredibly well done and very moving. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place." Roger McClung Manager, Training & Development Savers Inc.
"What a pleasure it was to have you as part of our annual convention in New Orleans! Your presentation got everyone jazzed up for the conference and was a wonderful way to begin a very exciting conference! Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and we were honored to have you…" Deborah Reeve Executive Director National Art Education Association