James Peters' Escape Magic
My Guinness World Record
I hold the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of StraitJacket escapes in a working day (8 hours!!), raising over £2,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care along the way!
On Saturday September 27th 2003, I escaped from a regulation Posey straitjacket (correctly utilising both the front and side hoops) a staggering 193 times, at the YMCA in Chelmsford, Essex.
The record was confirmed as accepted on March 9th 2004 by Guinness World Records. I think I got the documentation to them in October 2003, so it took just over 5 months to be approved.
I found the waiting really difficult, and the funniest this was that they got the certificate wrong the first time around. They approved it as 163 escapes in 24 hours. I wondered what I had done wrong to have 30 escapes disqualified! Of course, when I finally got hold of someone on the phone, it was all sorted our quickly.
Here's a short video of a news broadcast on the day from our local TV station, Anglia News.
The next video clip is of the final escape, number 193. Every time I watch this clip, it reminds me of how tired I was at the end of the day.
The rules that I had to follow were quite strict, and the paper trail that I had to create was comprehensive. After being asked by a number of people, I have now made available the documents I used.
It's funny, but preparing the documentation for the day was a lot more work than the day itself. There was absolutely loads to do to ensure that we could get into the building, set-up, run the whole event, and clear up afterwards. Without the many volunteers, this could never have taken place.
I think that with hindsight, I may have gone a little over the top with gathering my evidence that all all of the rules had been followed. Having said that, hopefully the level of documentation I produced will help you if you ever want to take the record away from me. Be warned, though ... I will get it back!
Of course, I didn't just provide the stack of paperwork to GWR, I also provided over 8 hours of video footage, too. I feel sorry for the person who had to sit and watch it all!!
I hope that this page has given you some idea about the work involved, and how the day was put together!
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