Trophy-winning flair bartender Kovacs Gyorgy from Hungary has just achieved a Guinness World Records title for the Most flips of a bottle on the back of the hand in one minute.
The 23-year-old works at American restaurant chain TGI Fridays in Liverpool, which helped him organise the record attempt.
The challenge required Kovacs to balance a bottle upright on the back of his hand and then flip it 360 degrees, without letting it fall.
Moving at a lightning average speed of two spins a second, Kovacs showed the audience the incredible skills that made him European Flair Champion at just 16 years old.
TGI Fridays invited Guinness World Records adjudicator Lucia Sinigagliesi along to officiate the attempt.
After carefully watching the attempt and then examining slow motion footage, Lucia was thrilled to confirm that Kovacs had bettered the previous record by 38 flips, setting an incredible new record of 146.
Explaining why he wanted to attempt this record, the flairtender said: “I’ve always been one of the fastest spinners on the flairing circuit, so I decided to check out the current Guinness World Records title online. I started practicing and I could break the record nine times out of ten. Then I knew – it was game on.”
Kovacs has been practicing his flair skills since he was just 12 years old.
He says it can be tough on the knuckles, but he says you have to just keep going and get past the pain.
“I was so nervous before the record attempt. It’s one thing trying to do it at home when only your seven-month-old son and wife are watching you. Doing it on stage, in the spotlight, video cameras rolling, and in front of a big crowd, is totally different. I knew I had it in me to break the record though, so it really came down to holding my nerve and getting it right when it mattered,” Kovacs said.
“When I found out I’d done it, the feeling was incredible and something I can’t put into words. Knowing that you’re the best in the world at something just feels amazing. I’d like to thank everyone at Fridays and my family for helping me to achieve the record – I wouldn’t be a record breaker without them.”