ILKESTON strongman John Evans has told the Advertiser he fears people will think his head balancing show is a fake after claiming an Indian advert mocks his act.
The advert for an Indian Guinness World Records TV show, shows the young female presenter balancing a car on her head and mentions John Evans.
In it the show’s host balances the car on her head and as a clock ticks down she moves one hand and brushes her hair away then steps out from under the car. As the camera pans out the audience see the car is suspended from the studio ceiling.
John said: “This is a slap in the face from Guinness.
“What has upset me about this is that people might see it and think my act is a fake.
“If that mini fell off while I’m balancing it it could take my head off and kill me.
“I risk my life doing the act and the advert just shows her walk out from under the car which is suspended from the studio ceiling.
“I don’t want people to think that that’s what I do.
“The act has taken me all over the world. I’ve appeared balancing a mini on my head everywhere – I was even on the Jay Leno Tonight show.”
John, who has just turned 65, told the Advertiser that after this summer he will retire from carrying out the stunt where he balances a mini on his head.
He said: “I’m 65 now and I can’t keep balancing cars on my head forever.
“I’ll carry on with other things but I think the time has come for me to stop the mini act.
“In 20 years of doing head balancing acts I’ve never been challenged or beaten. The mini will be a record that never gets beaten. That’s what makes it even more upsetting.”
John spoke to Guinness World Records who told him that the advert was a tribute to his act.