When I was visiting my brother down near Los Angeles last weekend I noticed one of the books he had on his bookshelf. The name Ripley’s Believe it or Not was displayed on the spine.
Knowing that Bob Jones had been featured by Ripley‘s nine different times, I decided to see if one of his feats made the cut in this book.
I flipped to the index and found his name. He was on page 87. I turned expecting to see his most famous stunt the thumb stand on top of Indian clubs which you can see for yourself here.
I was surprised and elated to see a feat I had neither seen nor read about before.
For his 50th birthday Bob Jones cut his birthday cake while holding a one handed handstand.
Not only is it hard to hold a one hand handstand, but to do it for probably at least a minute while cutting a cake is something else.
It also listed one of his other feats (but had no picture), which was holding a handstand with 200 lbs. tied around his waist! How you even get into the handstand with that kind of weight is beyond me.
If anyone can duplicate these feats let me know.
Good Luck and Good Handbalancing,
P.S. There was more than one hand balancer featured in this book. If you own a copy of The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing his name will be familiar to you. You’ll have to wait until next time to see and read about it.