Dartford Daredevil Johnny Strange makes Guinness Book of Records with jaw-dropping stunts
PUBLISHED: 10:24 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:24 08 September 2016
They include ‘the heaviest weight lifted by pierced ears’
Dartford daredevil Johnny Strange, known as ‘the man with ears of steel’ after pulling an aeroplane attached to his ears, has been featured in the Guinness Book of Records 2017.
The performer is in the book, which is released this week, for a number of jaw-dropping stunts, including ‘the heaviest weight lifted by pierced ears’ after he pulled a 677.8kg Cessna 172-p aircraft 20.4 metres in 2014.
He also features for ‘the most apples held in the mouth and cut in half by chainsaw’ after sawing 12 apples out of his assistant’s mouth.
Johnny told The Reporter: “This is the third year that I have been published in the book and it is the same buzz, and it is still very strange being able to pick up a book and see yourself in there.
“I started off just juggling and my friends were impressed, then I started using knives and fire and chainsaws, and it just went from there.
“Pulling the lorry is all mind over matter. You have just got to prepare and have confidence in yourself.
“You work up from small to large. I sort of block out the pain.
“As soon as it is done you think, I have achieved something here.
“You get an adrenaline rush, especially on stage. It is a euphoric moment when everything goes right.
“My mum has only watched one show and that was it. She gets very nervous, but both my parents support me and let me get on with it.”
While Johnny is proud of his inclusion in the Guinness Book of Records and enjoys performing on TV, he said the best part of the job is connecting with the audience.
“The thing I am really proud of is being able to look at someone’s face as they witness something they have never seen before, and it blows their mind – it is a completely new experience.
“It is about being able to give someone a gift.”
In 2014, Johnny made headlines after becoming the first person to swallow a sword inside the Globe of Death – a five-metre round steel mesh ball – as a motorbike rode around him at more than 40mph.
“That one really got my heart going,” he said. “The steel ball rocked so much and you didn’t know what was going to happen.
“I am the only person in the world to achieve that.”
He says he takes his inspiration from many sources, including music and paintings, but most often from classic stunt performers such as Harry Houdini and Buster Keaton.
“They were gentlemanly about it,” he said. “It is nice to try and follow in their footsteps.”
And having already achieved so many odd stunts, he is always looking to go one step further.
“I have always got to be thinking, what can I do – how can I improve?
“I have a couple of ideas for the future – although nothing I can mention just yet.”