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  • Rod became the first juggler in history to successfully juggle 8 balls with his mouth at the IJA Championships 2002, a staggering feat which won him he Bronze medal.
  • In the late 1990's the World Table Tennis Association changed the standard size of a ping pong ball from 36mm to 40mm without first consulting Rod to see if this new size would fit in his mouth.
  • At the age of 38 Rod learned to play Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" using his mouth, 3 ping pong balls and 6 gin bottles. Beethoven didn't even write it until the age of 47.
  • If Rod hadn't chosen the career of juggler, he would like to have been a cricketer. He would still like to combine his two loves but despite being able to fit 6 ping pong balls in his mouth, he's unable to fit a cricket ball in there, yet.
  • Rod toured with the acclaimed 'Dark Horse' company, winning a coveted Herald Angel Award at Edinburgh Festival 2001.
  • In the same year Rod won a Silver Medal at the World Music Hall Festival in Paris.
  • Rod reached the final of BBCTV's 'Let me entertain you' he survived the notoriously fickle public vote to win both his heat and semi-final but was eventually pipped by a chubby teenager impersonating Pavarotti.
  • Rod has never met the great Australian Tennis player of the same name, but has discovered a family tree West Country link, so maybe the ball skills are genetic.
  • Rod has never been involved in any celebrity gossip although he did once kiss Clare Grogan of 80's pop group Altered Images after a concert at the Locarno, Bristol.
  • Rod graduated with a BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies from Dartington College of Arts but found juggling to be a lot easier than acting, although he still has a love of Bertolt Brecht and Musical Theatre.
  • The cigars Rod juggles in his act are actually made from wood which makes them more durable, but also more painful and costly in dental fees.
  • Before you are tempted to ask... ROD HAS NEVER SWALLOWED A PING PONG BALL.
 
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