On a challenge from Juggle Wiki, I decided to set another (non-Guinness) World Record. It took me 25 hours (including sleep and breaks) but I set a new world record to make me the World’s Fastest 4 Ball Juggler (unofficial). I do have video evidence. Kids, if you set you mind to it and work hard: you can do it!
I have a Guinness World Record attempt for “Most juggling head rolls in one minute (three balls)” at the Kids Fair Saturday, Feb 27th at 1 PM at Expo Idaho. The current record is 135 head rolls. A head roll is where a juggling ball place on the head, rolls off, is caught and juggling resumes.
I’ll be giving a 45-minute performance encouraging students to pursue STEM degrees and then I’ll attempt to set the record.
Thank you to everyone (over 500!) who came out and I hope all you kids consider pursuing STEM degrees. Thank you also to the witnesses, timekeepers, photographers and videographers: I couldn’t have done it without you (credits below)!
This was the highest pressure show I’ve ever put on. It started with the official Guinness attempt – I had runs of 315 and about 300 catches, both over 50 seconds before a drop! I finally got it after several minutes of close calls and trying to calm my nerves. I then put on a 45-minute show promoting STEM education and emphasizing the power of setting your mind something and working hard to pursue it. Some of the content came from Carol Dweck’s “Mindset”.
A second Guinness World Record attempt is scheduled. On Saturday, February 6th , 1 PM at the Boise State Engineering and Science Festival in the Simplot Ballroom at the Student Union Building at BSU.
World’s Fastest 5 Ball Juggler, David Rush,All Ages, 1:00pm(45 minutes) (I) – Local technology professional and juggler on the side will share his STEM story told through juggling, culminating with an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “most juggling catches in one minute (five balls)”. The current record is 330 catches in 1 minute (5.5 catches per second). BSU SUB in Simplot ballroom
The festival runs all day (9-4) with over 40 cool activities for kids of all ages. Come hear an astronaut speak, build your own circuit, design a catapult and see the freezing effects of liquid nitrogen.
As this is an official Guinness attempt, it must be verified by official witnesses. A couple folks who have graciously agreed to be the official witnesses:
Matt Freeman: Executive Director, Idaho State Board of Education
George Mulhern: CEO, Cradlepoint. Former partner, Highway 12 ventures; SVP, HP
Greg Alexander: Superintendent, Garden Valley School District
Let’s get more students involved and excited about STEM education!
The attempt took place on October 2nd a little after 4PM in the Basque Block in downtown Boise at the Cradlepoint block party. The 20mph gusty wind didn’t cause too many problems .
Now I just need to submit all the official documents, video and photographic evidence and wait for the official certificate from Guinness.
I may have been able to keep going but when 300 people started cheering at the world record mark on my first run I got so excited I overthrew a ball and dropped it. My arms were pretty wobbly the entire run but I was able to count catches and focus enough to keep calm until the surge of adrenaline caused all loss of fine motor control.
The date is set. Next Friday, October 2nd at the Cradlepoint block party in the Basque District here in Boise, I will attempt to set the Guinness World record for “Longest Duration Juggling 3 Objects Blindfolded”. It’s my first world record attempt to promote STEM education.
When folks ask me how I got in to juggling I say I learned how when I was a kid but got really into it at MIT. I called it my stress relief, and there was a lot of stress. My freshman year I was encouraged by some of the folks in the MIT juggling club (it’s the oldest continually operating drop-in juggling club in the world) to start a student club since it could have access to rooms, money, official status, etc.
There’s a course at MIT called 6.111 (all courses are numbered and that’s generally how students refer to them). The official title was Introduction to Digital Systems Laboratory, but if students refer to it by a name, it’s called Digital Death Lab. It is intense, as are many classes at MIT, but this one takes more time than most. For the second half of the semester students pair off to create a lab project. My partner, Chris Wilkens (now a PhD research scientist at Yahoo) and I decided to create a juggling simulator (in our great wisdom as advanced undergrads we officially titled it “Interactive Virtual Juggling Simulator“).
I have a passion for STEM Education (Science Technology Engineering and Math). I also have a passion for juggling. They may seem to be totally unrelated, and for most, they probably are; but for me, they go hand-in-hand.
I’m going to attempt to break a Guinness World Record soon to promote an event and hopefully get more people interested in STEM while having some fun and pushing myself to the limit.
In my spare time, I’m a juggler, entertainer, and keynote. It’s fun, it’s exercise for both the body and the brain, and I found it blends well with my passion for STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
Juggling by itself is only moderately interesting. It can hold the attention of the average person for only a minute or two unless it’s being used to tell a story. Extreme technical juggling (i.e. 9 balls or a 7 ball 7 up 360) tells a story to jugglers who know how hard it is. But for the average person, 9 balls isn’t much different than 5 and eating an apple while juggling is probably more fun since they can relate to eating an apple.