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Dartford's world record holder thanks grandmother's lasagne for latest triumph

PUBLISHED: 13:16 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:16 29 February 2016

Johnny Strange sword swallowing

Johnny Strange sword swallowing

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Johnny Strange performed the longest sword swallow on Saturday

Johnny Strange sword swallowingJohnny Strange sword swallowing

Dartford’s-own Guiness World Record holder put his name in the record books again last week.

Sideshow performer Johnny Strange broke his ninth world record on Saturday as he swallowed a record-length sword.

And the 26-year-old claimed it was his Grandma’s lasagne that gave him the edge.

Johnny explained: “Eating before meant my stomach sat lower than normal, creating more room from my throat to the bottom of my stomach.

“I’m half Italian so I had my Grandma’s lasagne, there’s nothing else like it.”

After wolfing down the meal, he managed to swallow more than two feet of sword.

The performance came on International Sword Swallowers Day, as he performed at Blackpool’s pleasure beach.

Mr Strange said: “It seemed like a good day to do it, there was a good crowd there even though it’s the off-season for the beach.”

The stunt was pulled at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum as part of the day’s celebrations, where sword swallowing enthusiast gather all over the world to celebrate the ancient art.

The former Blackburn resident explained how he learned to pull the trick.

“There’s no ‘How to swallow swords for dummies’ book, maybe I should write one.

“But it took me years of medical research and yoga practice to understand the potential impact on my body.

“I studied for three years before I swallowed my first sword.”

With a 61cm-sword swallow to add to his record list, already including pulling an aeroplane with his ears, Johnny admitted he is already thinking about number 10.

He said “I can’t say anything about it yet, but I am already thinking about the next record.”

Other records held by Mr Strange include the first sword swallowed in a ‘Globe of Death’ – a five metre mesh ball cage in which motorcyclists ride vertically and horizontally.

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