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John and Amy Bruney

Pastor, wife break bed-of-nails jumping record

A Fremont pastor and his music-teacher wife will appear in the next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records after smashing one odd world record on television Thursday night.

John Bruney, pastor of the Zion Missionary Church, and his wife, Amy, appeared on Guinness World Records Unleashed on truTV, breaking the record for having a person skip rope on a bed of nails resting on top of another person.

Bruney placed a 125-pound board with 3,000 nails driven through it on his chest and stomach and his wife skipped rope on top of the board.

To set the record, Amy Bruney had to skip a rope at least 70 times. By the time she finished, she had skipped rope 117 times, easily breaking the old record.

Bruney puts on inspirational strong-man shows around the country a handful of times each year, performing stunts such as driving nails with his bare hand, tearing phone books in half and snapping chains wrapped around his chest.

He and his wife do the board-of-nails trick as part of those shows, but she has never skipped the rope more than 50 times. That's what made the record attempt particularly dangerous, he said.

"I told her, 'Don't stop no matter what you hear below.' I actually got the wind knocked out of me. The rest of the week my ribs were sore."

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