Magician Martin Rees’ Guinness World Record for Spread a Smile
On Saturday 15 th October, Spread a Smile magician Martin Rees set an incredible new Guinness World Record for the Most Magic Tricks performed on a Skydive, raising money for the charity.
The morning started early for Martin, arriving at the airfield in Salisbury, Wiltshire at 8am to ensure the greatest chance to secure the record. The weather first thing was rather ominous, but thankfully the skies cleared by 10am and the jump attempts could begin.
Martin did several practice jumps, before filming the perfect jump on a GoPro camera. He performed 11 magic tricks while freefalling from 15,000 feet, at speeds of over 120mph! Freezing temperatures on the way down meant that the sleight of hand needed for the magic tricks was much harder to maintain. Where skydivers would normally wear gloves to protect their hands, Martin couldn’t as it would have made the tricks impossible to perform. As a result his hands were numb with cold within seconds of jumping from the plane, so he had to rely entirely on muscle memory when pulling off the tricks.
Official Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel watched the footage of the jump from GoPro cameras on Martin and another skydiver’s helmets, and after verifying the attempt, awarded Martin with his Guinness World Record.
Martin was inspired to go for the record for Spread a Smile after starting working for the charity two years ago: ‘I am incredibly humbled by the remarkable children I have met at the hospitals and it really inspired me to go out there and do a fundraising campaign with a difference to raise money and awareness for the charity… Some of the most magical moments I’ve ever witnessed have been while performing for Spread a Smile. Unfortunately in some cases where a child’s illness is terminal, every second counts, not only for the child, but also for their family. Being able to provide them with some happy, positive memories of the family smiling and laughing together is a truly humbling experience, especially in cases where a child goes from being initially subdued and withdrawn to being engaged, baffled and excited at what they have seen.’
Pulling off the attempt was the culmination of nearly two years of planning, and on breaking the record, Martin said: ‘It feels incredible… I feel proud of what I’ve achieved. Training for the record, has taken me to some amazing places and I’ve met some incredible people along the way. It’s proven to me that no matter who you are or what you do, if you are willing to put the time and effort into making it happen, anything is possible. I hope people enjoy watching the World Record footage and are kind enough to help me reach my donations target of £5,000 for Spread a Smile’.
If you’d like to watch Martin’s World Record footage and donate in support of
Spread a Smile, please go to: www.gofundme.com/magicskydiverecord