It all began with a yo-yo. Then came juggling and unicycle riding, which sealed the deal for Michael Francis’ pursuit of performing magic professionally.
“When I do something, I do it until I’m the best at it and then I’ll move on because I’m fine with it. I practise, practise, practise,” Francis said.
So he moved onto coin rolling and quickly set his sights on breaking four Guinness World Records this Saturday at All Star Wings and Ribs on Highland Road in Kitchener.
“With coin rolling, I got into that in 2005 when I was 20,” he said. “The record was 31 coin rolls in a minute, then it became 37 coin rolls in a minute.”
He watched as the world record jumped up to 40, then 47 coin rolls, and now it sits at 53 coin rolls in a minute.
“The rules are, it has to start at your index and thumb, roll over across each finger without skipping and then you have to — with your thumb — bring it underneath your hands and start back up to your index finger and thumb,” he said.
He’s beaten all the records in practise, but in front of an audience there will be added pressure.
He’s hoping to beat the record for most coin rolls in a minute, most consecutive coin rolls with two hands, most consecutive coin rolls using one hand and most consecutive multi-coin rolls with two hands.
“The hardest one for me is the most coin rolls in a minute — the record that’s now stacked up to 53 because that’s the (title) everyone wants,” Francis said.
For each attempt, there will be two time keepers with stop watches, two people counting the coin rolls, a steward, someone to videotape, and two independent witnesses to sign a statement to be sent to Guinness, along with the video recordings.
“The most coin rolls I’ve had is 56 this year. At the very least, I just want to get 54 because obviously it’s a little nerve-wracking.”
The event takes place Jan. 30 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at All Star Wings and Ribs at 466 Highland Rd. W.