Delmar juggler ‘Cascading Carlos’ falls short of Guinness World Record

With batons and devil stick, Delmar resident Carlos Mir focuses on the task at hand as he attempts to set a Guinness World Record for helicopter spins with devil sticks Saturday at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Hotel. Mr. Mir logged an “unofficial” best of 93 spins in one minute, which fell a bit short of the existing Guinness record of 106. Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe

BETHANY BEACH — Juggler Carlos Mir left the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Hotel Saturday, believing he had spun himself what would ultimately prove to be a second Guinness World Record.

So did the Delmar resident’s wife Heather Mir, Ocean Suites staff and a handful of hotel guests.

“Bethany Beach Ocean Suites is home of this world record holder,” proclaimed Lorna Petchy, sales/marketing director for Bethany Beach Ocean Suites. “He comes in and entertains our families and friends. What better place than ‘home’ for him and for us to host his world record attempt. And it was incredible. And I am sure in a couple months when we hear back from GWR, they are going to be like, ‘Yeah, you did it!’ and by a freaking landslide.”

There was celebration.

But it was not be.

Late Saturday night it was learned a recent Guinness World Record website update shows his attempts to set a Guinness record in the helicopter spins with devil sticks fell short of the published record established earlier this summer by a man from Japan.
The Guinness World Record site lists the most helicopter spins in one minute at 106, achieved by Aki Ueno in Koganei, Tokyo, Japan, on July 10 of this year.

Saturday, Mr. Mir, who holds the Guinness World Record in the diabolo, logged “unofficial” tallies on 91, 91 and 93 in three one-minute attempts. The mark Mr. Mir thought he thought he had to top was 60.

“I totally didn’t know,” said Mr. Mir, noting Guinness World Records typically take several months to review video and documentation and potentially confirm a world record. “I know I checked, like in August. So, it (the record 106) must have just got posted.”

Mr. Mir, known as Cascading Carlos in the juggling circle, had planned to attempt the helicopter spin stunt last October but put it off following the death of his father.

“We were going to do it in May, then coronavirus. As soon as the coronavirus let loose, then Delaware was allowing people to gather,” said Mr. Mir.

According to the GWR website, Mr. Ueno attempted this record to celebrate his 10-year anniversary of starting devil-stick juggling.

So, this revelation means required video, eyewitness and judging accounts and required documentation will not be sent to London-based Guinness World Records, a 65-year-old reference that annually lists world records of human achievements and extremes of the natural world.

Mr. Mir may consider another attempt, although he admits the 106 mark may be tough to top.

Lorna Petchy, director of sales/marketing for Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Hotel, captures a practice run by juggler Carlos Mir of Delmar on video.

“I’m sure I could pick up an easy 10,” said Mr. Mir. “I’ve got to figure it out.”

But for those on hand Saturday, it was an incredible effort.

Twenty-year-old Cory Clendaniel of Preston, Maryland served as designated judge for Mr. Mir’s helicopter spin attempts. He saw no flaws, violations or infractions.

“I did not see any. They looked all clean to me,” said Mr. Clendaniel, a young juggler who has known Mr. Mir for five years.

Deven Kester and Gregory Hampton also served as official eyewitnesses.

Ms. Kester, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites front office supervisor, said it was “very nerve-racking” yet quite amazing.

“Watching him twirl the stick around multiple times, I am blown away by his talent,” Ms. Kester said. “Carlos, we’ve seen him do a whole bunch of his tricks here before. We’re very fortunate and happy to host Mr. Carlos in his journey.”

“I’m from Delaware,” said Mr. Mir, noting the support he receives from the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Hotel. “I am part of their activities for their summer program so I thought it would be a great honor to try to do a Guinness World Record in Delaware, and to also use their facility. It is a beautiful facility. And they are so kind to me.”

While neither of Mr. Mir’s attempts will stand as the Guinness record, Mr. Hampton was nonetheless amazed.

“It was awesome,” said Mr. Hampton. “I loved it.”

Mr. Hampton knows a thing or two about being in the spotlight.

During the 2019 NFL Draft the diehard New York Giants football fan was chosen the lucky winner — two season tickets for the next 100 years, plus other ticket and travel perks — in celebration of the NFL’s 100th season. He was on stage in late April 2019 with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, then Tennessee Titan QB Marcus Mariota (now Las Vegas Raiders) and NFL Hall of Famers Joe Green and Tim Brown.

Interestingly, Ms. Petchy, who came to America from England 15 years ago, had a previous role in a Guinness World Record try in Great Britain.

“Actually, I have time-kept before for another Guinness World Record attempt back in England, in Blackpool,” she said. “That one was for acrobatics. They missed by three.”

Mr. Mir is the current Guinness record-holder for the highest diabolo throw — 78 feet, 5 inches — set in July 2015 next to the Holiday Inn in Ocean City, Maryland.

Derived from the Chinese yo-yo, diabolo is a juggling/circus prop consisting of an hourglass shaped axle with two cups that is spun using a string attached to two sticks/batons.

And the helicopter spin? It’s a form of gyroscopic juggling or equilibristics, with manipulation of the devil stick consisting of manipulating one stick between two other sticks — one in each hand. The baton is lifted, struck and/or stroked by the two control sticks, stabilizing the baton through gyroscopic motion.

It’s “Ready, Set, Go” in juggler Carlos Mir’s Guinness World Record attempt for the devilstick/helicopter spins. Eyewitnesses and timers are, front to back, Gregory Hampton, Deven Kester, Heather Mir and Lorna Petchy. Mr. Mir had an “unofficial” best of 93 spins in one minute, which later Saturday proved to be short of the posted world record of 106 by a man from Japan.

Juggling and performing has been Mr. Mir’s fulltime job for the last four years. Overall he has been juggling for about 25 years.

“When I got the (diabolo) Guinness World Record it opened up the doors to see that I could make a living,” Mr. Mir said. “Now, the coronavirus … that changed everything this year. But hopefully things will change by next year. Obviously I wear a mask. I clean all my equipment now so I can fit with the new norm.”

His assault on Guinness World Records is not finished.

“I have another application no one else has done. I am going to throw the devil stick the highest in the world. I am going to do that next May,” Mr. Mir said.

Wife Heather Mir has been Cascading Carlos’ longtime supporter.

“It is very exciting. He continues to impress me every day. I can’t do any of these things,” she said. “I actually encouraged him.”

However, there are some do’s and don’ts at their home in Delmar, like no juggling eggs.

“There are some household rules. He used to juggle plates for fun … and they break. Usually, like if I hear one loud crash, I’m like, ‘OK, you’re done for the day. Out in the yard.’ It’s like telling the kids, ‘Go out and play,’” said Ms. Mir.

One year for Valentine’s Day she gave her husband a gift that included juggling knives. “Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like, ‘Juggle these knives, Hun!’” said Ms. Mir.