November 27, 2002 

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Shafath, Aranattukara, Thrissur

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He lies casually on a bed of nails 6 inches long, spaced at 2 inches intervals.  A similar bed is then placed atop him with the nails pointing towards his chest.  On top of this, 34 cement blocks weighing a total of 188 kg are placed.  5 musclemen smash the blocks to smithereens within 2 minutes...  And with that Shafath, Aranattukara, Thrissur, had smashed the Guiness Record of Paul Evans of England.

Shefath’s demonstration at the Indoor Stadium, Thrissur was conducted under the auspices of Kerala Magicians and Magic Lovers’ Association, of which he is the general secretary.  And lest the Guiness authorities mistake the feat for a magical trick, the entire 4-minute episode has been digitally recorded as suggested by them.  He is trying to upstage Evans with the second bed of nails and an additional 50kg.

His wife Ameetha’s encouragement was a major inspiration for the endeavour, he says.  A superintendent at RTO office, Irinjalakkuda, he has been practicing yoga for the past 20 years. 
However, preparation for breaking Evans’ record started in earnest 5 years ago, he says.

Shafath has shown his talents in a variety of fields: as magician, hypnotist, ventriloquist and hatha yogi.  He has staged magic shows at USA, France, England and Middle East.

Whether Guiness Book recognizes his effort or not, he is happy with his own performance.

Shefath on the bed of nails


Courtesy: Kerala Kaumudi, October 13, 2002

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