A 74-year-old British strongman closes in on setting 100 world records by balancing smoking chimney on his head

John Evans, British Strongman, broke his 99th World Record by successfully balancing the smoking chimney on top of his head while wearing a Santa Claus suit. 

Evans found his strength and balance while working as a construction worker as a teenager. “I was about 17, 18. I used to carry bricks on my head on a board…taking 24 bricks on my head up ladders,”He told Reuters.

“When I was about 42…I went and done this charity event and it made huge press that all the papers came and photographed me, and all the television came and done the same and I was just balancing then about 24 bricks on my head,”

The man is now well into his 70’s, and despite his medical conditions, he continues to topple records. 

“I’m 74 years old, I’ve got one eye – this is plastic,” he said. “I’m a diabetic, I’ve got asthma, I’ve got angina and after all said and done, I’ve got 98 world records and here is one of them, for example, this is me balancing 95 milk crates on my head for well over 10 seconds in a place called Ireland.” 

His talents have earned him international records and he has traveled the world, including to Paris and Hollywood.

Evans intends to continue his record-breaking feats in the 75th year.

He said to Reuters: “I’m having a big five-by-five foot crown made and I’m going to balance that on my head and it’ll be my 100th world record.” 

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