Memories of a Guinness World Record holder!
Yip yip! I’ve just received my edition of the 2020 Guinness Book of World Records with my latest bubble World Record (no. 12!)
AND picture included!
It was for the most bubbles blown by a single dip of a single wand - I smashed the previous record of 79 with a new record of 445!
Although I have other records standing, the last time I actually appeared in the book was 2014 - of the 60,000+ records only some 3000 get in the book. And of that only a fraction with a picture too, so it’s truly the icing on the cake to get both! Two pictures even and a third write up!
I can’t tell you what it’s like to be involved with Guinness World Records..
What, I can? Well, it’s fab! Aside from being flown around the globe performing with bubbles, it's a massive honour to be an inspiration to their readers.
A couple of experiences as a record holder stick out as favourite moments. I have to mention some of the amazing people I’ve met over the years!
Aside from appearing on Guinness World Records Smashed and various other TV programmes, I once travelled to Italy to perform on their record show “Lo Show Dei Record” and attempt a new Guinness World Record for The Most Bubbles Blown Inside a Bubble... which I got using Bubble Inc's very own Supapop bubble solution (available here). I met an extraordinary array of fascinating characters there, all fellow record breakers from all over the world, there to attempt new records too. Imagine the atmosphere in our hotel lobby where we all met for the first time.. Wonderful! There was Anastasia Sawaicka (Poland) record holder for the strongest hair in the world. I’d later witness her twirling around from her hair from a massive crane! Check her out here. And Steve Langley (USA), The Paddle-ball King, attempting to paddle-ball more paddle-balls than anyone had ever paddle-balled paddle-balls before… (some get me some grammar). Funnily enough he now performs with bubbles too! See here. Shay Horay (Australia) attempting the most Rubber Bands around the head (!?!)
And as guests on the show, two ladies from America with 'Argyria' – a skin condition which turns the skin blue. I also had the honour to meet the lovely Jyoti Kisange Amge – presenter of the show and Guinness World Record holder for the Smallest Living Woman! 2 foot 0.6 inches!
The other memory wasn’t quite so glamorous, but i’m so fond of it! A few years ago, I was asked by Guinness to give a presentation at their London HQ to a class of competition winners.
Upon arriving Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday was showing slides of other record holders and asking the kids to guess what record they’d broken. This image popped up of Ashrita Furman, the holder of the Most Records Broken.
“What record is this?” Craig asked the children..
Silence. Eventually a solitary arm went up – “Is it the record for the fastest person in the world?”
I smiled at their logic, wondering (along with Craig), how did he arrive at that conclusion?
“Because he’s so fast that he appears in more than one place at the same time” the boy replied.