The Kinetic King's audition for America's Got Talent
Most recently the Kinetic King has developed a toy line, Stick Storm Kits for Goliath Toys in Holland. He has spoken in front of the Library of Congress for TEDx, and continues to create a wide range of explosive gadgets for live performances and music videos.
In 2011, The King beat his unofficial record of knocking down a stickbomb of 4242 sticks when a group of kids built a stickbomb 5076 sticks. The Kinetic King knocked down 6,818 sticks on October 18. View at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI_hLExbBls&feature=channel_video_title .
The Kinetic King has three official Guinness certificates, two for previous world records involving 2250 and 3864 sticks set in 2009 and 2010 (http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/set-record/). The Kinetic King's's unofficial personal best is 4242 sticks set last October 8th ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cskPGN5FJw ).
During the quarter-finals on America's Got Talent, the Kinetic King attempted a new world record of over 7000 sticks, but met with disaster due to bad paint and humidity.
The Kinetic King was a semi-finalist and audience favorite on America's Got Talent this summer, making it to the 13th spot. AGT Judge Howie Mandel states, "There is no man in America that you can hand soda cans, balls, oranges and sticks to, and he can do something entertaining with it. There is only one man in America that can do that, and he is the Kinetic King."
Born and bred in Saint Paul, the King earned his Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and became a professional artist in his late 30s.
"The number of chain-reaction techniques is virtually limitless," he says, and his kinetic gadget inventions are more advanced than domino tumbling and Rube Goldberg machines, encompassing a wide variety of chain-reaction techniques. He has given them Dalíesque names like Experimental Polymodal Slack-Generating Apparatus #9 and Test Detonation of 0.2 Kilostick Boosted-Yield Xyloexplosive Device #1. They explode, collapse, play musical tunes, and even have animation in them. The Kinetic King has worked gigs from Belgium to Seattle and last year had an exhibition in the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC.
The Kinetic King's recent world-record Stick Bomb: knocking down 6,818 tongue depressors