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Awesome Hungarians: Bartender Smashes Guinness World Record

By Robert Velkey // 2017.02.17.

György Kovács, a Hungarian bartender living in the UK, found himself in the spotlight this week after smashing the world record for the most one-handed bottle flips in one minute.

György Kovács pulled off an incredible 146 rotations – with up to four spins a second – beating the previous record for most flips of a bottle on the back of a hand by an impressive margin of 38. Hundreds of ‘flairing‘ (short for ‘flair bartending’) fans watched in awe as the 23-year-old flipped the glass bottle 146 times on the back of his hand in a minute.

Kovács averaged just over two spins a second, but impressively sped up towards the end of the minute and managed four flips per second. A video of Kovács’s new record shows the spirit bottle rotating so quickly it blurs.

Mr. Kovács, currnelty living in Bootle in Liverpool, has been flairing since his childhood. When he was 16-years-old, he was crowned the European champion. He works for restaurant chain TGI Fridays, who are renowned for their skillful bartenders, and who even trained film star Tom Cruise in the 1988 movie Cocktail. Kovacs says he gave up flairing for a couple of years before meeting wife Alexandra, 25, who then encouraged him to get back into it despite the regular bruises he gets on his knuckles. Kovács, who works at the Liverpool branch of TGI Fridays and beat the record at the city’s Titanic Hotel, said he was confident while practicing but nervous in front of a crowd, according to the Daily Mail.

“I’ve always been one of the fastest spinners on the flairing circuit, so I decided to check out the current world record online. I started practicing for hours and I could break the record nine times out of ten. Then I knew, it was game on. I was so nervous before the record attempt. It’s one thing trying to do it at home when only your seven-month-old son and wife are watching you. When I found out I’d done it, the feeling was incredible and something I can’t put into words. Knowing that you’re the best in the world at something just feels amazing” the Hungarian world recorder said, adding that”I’d like to thank everyone at TGI Fridays and my family for helping me to achieve the record – I wouldn’t be a record breaker without them.”