Festive return home is a real balancing act
A VIDEO has been published showing a man perching precariously on a chair on top of another one with a deadly drop below.
Ellis Grover, who hails from Carmarthen, posted the 55-second video on Christmas Day.
In a stomach-churning sight, Mr Grover can be seen placing a chair on the very edge of the Lyric Buildings in King Street in the town centre.
He then balances the second chair on top of that – just on two legs – and then sits on the chair, using only his legs to balance himself, with part of his body dangling several feet in the air. Below is a terrifyingly long drop which would most likely prove fatal should Ellis fall.
The daredevil is seen deep in concentration, with one chair leg very close to the edge of the chair underneath.
He said after the stunt, which was filmed a short while before it was posted: “It’s as dangerous as it looks, but it’s actually quite a safe trick.
“It’s quite impossible to fall, as opposed to a high wire walker, as I have my hand touching the other chair when I need it.”
Ellis posted the video on Facebook, with the words: “Origin. The place in which we are from, where it all began, a place that will forever be set in the stonework of our memory. Where we all come back to for Christmas! Here’s a little something for you all to check out on this fine day. A slightly unorthodox video of my very own return to my hometown, Carmarthen. “
Fans took to the site expressing their amaze- ment, with nearly 400 views on YouTube by the start of the year. Charlie Pothecary said: “Love the aerial views of the town! You crazy though!” Joan Ferriday said: “Rather you than me...!” and for Marion Howells it was “too scary!!!!!” Chris Thurley dubbed the stunt “amazing, bizarre, and possibly insane!”
But the stunt is not the first feat performed by the Welshman in his own country. In 2017 he wirewalked across Penarth beach to the end of the pier without a safety harness. And the year earlier he tightrope-walked a 150- metre-wide stretch of Snowdonia called Lost Worlds at 150m in height. It’s believed to have been the highest high-wire stunt performed in Wales.
But Carmarthen remains close to 25-year-old Ellis’s heart. He started his chair trick while at school there, and says he knows the town incredibly well from doing parkour and free running in his teens.
He said: “Carmarthen is my foundation – a town I owe a lot to. I had a unique upbringing, and it was the very architecture of the town that developed my career.”
Now living on a houseboat near Uxbridge, Ellis wouldn’t recommend anyone else has a go at the stunt. He said: “I wouldn’t recommend anyone doing what I did, but I would recommend the study of balance and pushing things and seeing things differently. But to achieve a trick quite as dangerous as that, I wouldn’t recommend that.”
Ellis now works around the world as a performer, including stints in South Korea, Australia and the Middle East. But he promises you won’t have seen the last of the chair trick...
Ellis Grover perching on a chair on top of a Carmarthen building.