Meet the world’s fastest clapper - he can slap his palms together 20 times a second!

2018-03-16 14:55
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You’ve got to hand it to this musician who boasts being able to clap a staggering 20 times a second – a strange skill that’s helped him break a world record!

Full-time musician Eli Bishop (26) from Nashville, Tennessee, in the US is no stranger to performing on the big stage, but it isn’t necessarily just his violin skills that have set the world alight.

In May 2014, Eli made his bizarre side passion of speed clapping public when he broke the Guinness World Record for the number of claps in a minute, achieving an unbelievable 1 020 strikes.

Since then Eli has performed speed clapping all over the world, from the UK to Japan. In preparation to break the record Eli says he “clapped until exhaustion”.

Eli recently surpassed his own record with a new personal best of 1 103 claps in a minute, which is currently being reviewed by Guinness and will hopefully soon be announced as a new world record.

“When I was training to break the world record I was clapping every day until exhaustion – I had to build up callouses on my hands.

“The hardest thing about clapping for the record is continuously doing it for a minute. It’s easy to do it for a short period of time, but to clap for 60 seconds is really difficult.

“It’s really straining and a lot of wear and tear on your hands.

Eli says people are usually entertained when they see him clapping.

“Most of the time they’re so confused. They don’t know what’s happening – but they’re always impressed by it.

“Clapping is just a really fun hobby for me. I’m actually a professional violinist.

“I’ve been given some great opportunities from clapping: I’ve been on TV in China, the US, UK, and I’ve met some incredible people.

“I’m so thankful for all of the opportunities that clapping has brought me.”

 

 

 

 

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