Chinese Cultural Performance - Bian Lian Master
Bian Lian (变脸) and Chinese Cultural Performance
Bian Lian is part of a rich tradition originating from Sichuan, China. It is considered a three century old National Chinese Treasure. It is such a closely guarded secret that Hong Kong pop singer Andy Lau learned Bian Lian from a master only after paying the grand sum of $360,000 US dollars. Only a handful of practitioners actively perform this art form outside of Asia. Dan is a member of this elite group, and preserves the rich tradition of Bian Lian with dynamic movements and powerful stances. Each rapid face change in this compelling art represents a different character, and each character assumes his own unique body posture, stance and gait. Bian Lian is traditionally kept "in the family" and have passed only from father to son. Dan was consistently rejected by masters of the art as he sought to learn the ancient skills of Bian Lian. Dan's breakthrough eventually arrived when an esteemed master of the art moved towards the end of his life, but had no heir to pass his secret onto. Dan traveled to Asia to learn from this Bian Lian Master who chose to train only Dan. After undergoing an intensive period of training, Dan became a Bian Lian Master. The rest is history.San Francisco Magician Dan Chan, has secretly acquired a priceless three century old National Chinese Treasure: Bian Lian (变脸). In January of 2009, Dan moved to Asia to learn this secretive art form from a Bian Lian Master who chose to train only Chan. After undergoing an intensive period of studying day and night, Dan mastered the 300 second living presentation art. Dan Chan will present and preserve this secret Chinese art form for the rest of his life.
Bian Lian; literally "Face-Changing" is an ancient Chinese dramatic performing art, where Chan is adorned in brightly colored costumes, moving to quick, dramatic music, while flourishing his arms and head. His vividly colored masks changes miraculously in the blink of an eye over and over again -- you must experience Chan to believe these transformations possible. Witness Chan performing at the exclusive Bay Area society and Corporate Events Internationally. Chan is referred to as the Billionaire's Magician (having performed for 187 billionaires to date).
To see a performance of Bian Lian check out Dan Chan Presents Bay Area Dinner show at www.bayareadinnershow.com. Dan also recommends the 1996 film directed by Wu Tianming, The King of Masks. You can find this film online or on Netflix.
Asian Themed Performance
Dan is often featured at events for Google, Oracle, Yahoo, CitiBank, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Hollywood's exclusive Magic Castle. Chan will present and preserve this secret Chinese art form of Bian Lian for the rest of his life.