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Sharp act to follow: swallowing three swords underwater

DEATH DEFYING: Byron Bay born local becomes Australia’s most prolific record breaker with a total of 29 Guinness World Records! The Space Cowboy swallowed three swords while completely submerged under water.
DEATH DEFYING: Byron Bay born local becomes Australia’s most prolific record breaker with a total of 29 Guinness World Records! The Space Cowboy swallowed three swords while completely submerged under water. Contributed

A SWORD, or three, for lunch is probably the least appetising meal many people could think of eating.

However, Byron Bay's the Space Cowboy - AKA Chayne Hultgren - recently swallowed another three swords simultaneously making him Australia's most prolific record breaker.

Mr Hultgren was awarded the title that has been held by such escape artists as Houdini at the last Guinness World Records Day in Sydney by adding a record number 29 to his Guinness World Record score.

Oh, and he performed his latest record completely submerged under water... just to make things interesting.

"To be the most prolific record breaker in Australia is amazing as I've been a big fan of the Guinness World Records since I was a little kid," Mr Hultgren said.

The 35-year-old received his first record in 2008 after swallowing 17 swords at once.

"It's addictive, the rush is like nothing else," Mr Hultgren said.

He said he is able to swallow swords through a combination of training, meditation and internal isolation that focuses on controlling muscles that usually work involuntarily.

"I started training for sword swallowing when I was 16 and it takes a lot of mental strength," Mr Hultgren said.

"It's not for everyone."

The swords swallowed in the latest record were 66cm long, just over the size of two standard rulers.

However, swallowing swords is a dangerous business with at least 29 deaths being recorded as a result of sword swallowing injuries since 1880.

For this reason, the Space Cowboy said it has come to be known as a "dying art".

Mr Hultgren said he "hopes to inspire others to fulfil their own goals and dreams" as a result of witnessing his passionate performances.

And, parents around the Northern Rivers can only hope the Space Cowboy's spectators' goals aren't all as death-defying as his.

Topics:  editors picks guiness book of records



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