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 Contemporary Arts undergrad Quinn Spicker hung out for 12 minutes and 50 seconds to claim (unofficially, so far) the Guinness world record for juggling three balls while upside-down.

Quinn-tessential juggler gets world record

August 5, 2010

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The last time SFU film student Quinn Spicker was hanging out, it was upside-down.

Suspended from a circus trapeze, juggling three balls.

That was on July 22 at the PNE Garden Auditorium when he did it for 12 minutes and 50 seconds—handily beating the previous Guinness world record of five minutes for juggling three balls while upside-down.

It could take weeks for Guinness to officially recognize the SFU Contemporary Arts student’s new world record, confirmed by two eyewitnesses—and this YouTube video: http://at.sfu.ca/YKQqkT.

So what’s it like juggling balls upside down? “It’s sort of, well, imagine throwing the balls downwards towards your feet, so they come back up to your hands,” says the 18-year-old.

Already an accomplished upright performer, Spicker can juggle seven or eight balls at once. He shows off his six- and seven-ball skills on YouTube at http://at.sfu.ca/EllAAB.

His upside-down epic, though, began when he noticed the previous Guinness record and became determined to break it by a wide margin “so I wouldn’t have to beat it again.”

To train for the challenge, he wore gravity boots and built up his upside-down hang time at home using different arm muscles and listening to music.

“‘I started with two-minute Beatles songs,’” he told Surrey Now, and then worked his way up until he made it through Guns N’ Roses’ tune Sweet Child o’ Mine, after which “I knew I had the record.”

His record-breaking bid was no easy feat. “It was hard to see properly, with all the lights turning to white streaks. It was really hard to keep my eyes open and see the balls for the last minute or so.”

This month, Spicker brings his circus-quality skills to Kaboom! at the PNE, but he’ll be standing upright—and with no record in mind.

“I’m really not sure what practical benefits of having a world record are, but it’s cool.”

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