“He isn’t human!” screamed someone* on Saturday afternoon as Philip Osenton held 51 wine glasses in one hand at the Hilton Beijing.
I first saw Osenton and his glass act in April in the office of magazine La Revue du Vin de France. On that day, he created a mini mountain of 31 glasses and, when research showed no one had achieved more than 39 glasses, it appeared a world record was within reach. Since then, Osenton has sharpened his skills all over the city with all kinds of glasses — he’s been spotted in action everywhere from The Loop to Cru Wine Bar.
That practice makes perfect attitude shone on Saturday. On his two attempts at 1 PM in front of the media, Osenton first held 40 glasses and then 45 glasses. On his third attempt, in a hotel ballroom full of attendees at the fifteenth annual Food & Wine Experience, he reached 51 glasses.
Here are photos of the Feats of Osenton, now known as Awesometon, although The Wizard of Osenton also has a nice ring to it…
(* That scream might have been to myself. I’m still checking for confirmation.)