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March 21, 2023

Angel Alvarado solves three Rubik's Cubes while juggling them

From the Guinness Book of World Records:

Angel Alvarado of Colombia has broken the record for the fastest time to solve three rotating puzzle cubes whilst juggling with a phenomenal time of 4 min 31.01 seconds.

The 19-year-old set the record in Bogota, Colombia, on 1 April 2022.

Angel was competing against himself for this record, as he also held the previous time of 4 min 52.43 sec, which he achieved in May 2021.

Angel trained for two years to achieve his first record, finding lots of time to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. 

The first obstacle was figuring out how to solve a single cube while juggling, which took him five months.

Once he harnessed the skill, he added more cubes into the rotation. 

It took him a further four months to be able to solve three efficiently.

It takes immense dexterity and concentration to be able to rotate the cubes while they're flying through the air, keeping track of what cube is where and how many turns each has had. 

His training involved one-hour solves for just one cube, as well as three-cube attempts with focus on consistency and accuracy.

He wanted to prove to himself that with practice and a tonne of determination, he could achieve something this difficult. 

"It would mean a lot to me since it would be the first both juggling and speedcubing world record of Colombia, and would be cool to be the first person who achieved that," he said.

The History of the Record

The record for the fastest time to solve three rotating puzzle cubes whilst juggling was first set on 23 December 2017 by Que Jianyu (China) when he was just 13 years old.

He wowed the audience on the set of the Chinese TV show iDream, by achieving the feat in 5 minutes and 6.61 seconds.

Afterwards, clips of his awesome record attempt went viral online. 

Then, on 17 November 2018, Que Jianyu bettered his own record on the set of another TV show, La Notte dei Record, this time in Italy: He managed to shave over 4 seconds off his record in another nail-biting attempt. 

Four years later, Angel has cut down Que Jianyu's original record time by over 30 seconds. 

Who knows who will break this impressive record next!

March 21, 2023 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


Joe, incomprehensible to say the least. I write because just yesterday (how weird to see this post one day later) I was listening to a podcast on my I pod classic while painting northern Chicago suburban walls.

It was "Stuff You Should Know" podcast with Josh and Chuck The "Rubic's Cube Episode" from 12/3/22. Here they do an extensive breakdown of the entire history of the cube from conception to well.. 12/3/22. I do not know if it is permitted to promote things but they cover every aspect of the cube and inventor from Hungary's Dr. Erno Rubic a completely fascinating story that covers the history of the cube completely. Worth seekingto all your viewers, it will not disappoint it is really definitive. Can find on Itunes or IHeart radio.

What has freaked me out this that your post happened one day after I listened to my pocast. Huhh?


Posted by: friskypainter | Mar 25, 2023 1:17:22 AM

It looks like he's only solving one at a time, while juggling three.
But, still... HOLY MOLY.

Posted by: Luke | Mar 24, 2023 9:24:05 AM

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