A hair raising stunt

Suthakaran Sivagnanathurai trains to set a Guinness World Record for hanging by his hair.
Suthakaran Sivagnanathurai trains to set a Guinness World Record for hanging by his hair. Contributed.

IF you visited Sherwood Uniting Church on Sunday you may have seen Suthakaran Sivagnanathurai hanging around. By his hair.

The church was the venue for a unique stunt that redefined the term 'hair raising'.

In an attempt to set a Guinness world record, the 37-year-old performed an aerial act in which he was suspended by his long, black locks.

For an astonishing 23 minutes and 24 seconds Mr Sivagnanathurai was literally hanging by his hair.

The feat had previously never been attempted.

Mr Sivagnanathurai, who weighs 57kg, said he was able to perform the feat through yoga and meditation.

He has been practising the discipline for almost 27 years.

Mr Sivagnanathurai tied his hair into a hang rig which he used to suspend himself from an elevated pole.

"There is a little bit of pain, especially when practicing ...before my hair and scalp had a chance to get conditioned to support my body weight," he said.

Born in Sri Lanka, Mr Sivagnanathurai has previously attempted other astonishing stunts in his native country.

One feat was to pull a stationary truck using his hair and another with his ear.

Seeking refuge in Australia in 2010, Mr Sivagnanathurai developed the idea for the unique record while in detention camps.

The Woolloongabba resident said he planned to set at least a dozen more records involving similar amazing feats.

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