Teen smashes Jenga record by removing 32 blocks in one minute

By Connie Suggitt
Nate stacking Jenga and close up of Jenga tower

Nate McEvoy, a 16-year-old from Wausau, Wisconsin, USA, has broken the record for the most Jenga blocks removed in one minute.

On 9 September 2021, he managed to remove 32 blocks and place them back on top of a Jenga tower without it toppling over. 

Nate already held the record with a total of 25 blocks but decided to give it another go.

"Although I already hold this record, I had continued to beat my best in practice, so I decided to attempt it again," Nate said.  

For this record attempt, Nate needed to try out different strategies to see what pattern he should remove the blocks in. 

"Training wasn’t too difficult, but it did take a lot of practice to figure out the best way to remove the blocks quickly and efficiently." 

"Although my hand was a little shaky, I was still able to beat my record." 

Nate McEvoy removing Jenga pieces

Nate has wanted to hold a Guinness World Records title for as long as he can remember. 

"I have always wanted to hold a record, so I started looking for records that fit my skillsets and interests."

"I have always loved games, so I looked for a record that involved a game and tried it out. I wasn’t too far off on my first try so I kept at it."

However, Nate didn't just stop at one record. The teen holds five Guinness World Records titles;

  • Most Jenga blocks removed in one minute (32)
  • Most LEGO® bricks removed from a baseplate and held in the hand in 30 seconds (22)
  • Most blindfolded passes of a fidget spinner in one minute (125)
  • Most hammer flips in one minute (103)
  • Fastest time to build a 15 cup pyramid (2.55 seconds)

Nate McEvoy removing LEGO bricks

Nate broke all of these records over a period of just one week, in September 2021. 

Like the Jenga record, Nate actually already held the record for the most LEGO® bricks removed from a baseplate and held in the hand in 30 seconds.

He first set this record in 18 November 2020 by removing and holding 20 LEGO® bricks, before bettering his own record to 22. 

The other three titles achieved in his flurry of record breaking are new to Nate, but going by his track record we're sure he'll be reattempting them before too long!

Nate also doesn't have plans to stop at just five record titles and says he is "currently working on a few more records".

"Being a Guinness World Records title holder gives me a feeling of accomplishment. With perseverance you can accomplish all the challenges you set your mind to."

Other Jenga records:

  • Most Jenga blocks removed by whip in one minute: 7, achieved by Adam Winrich (USA), at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival, in Waxahachie, Texas, USA, on 27 April 2018.
  • Most Jenga blocks stacked on one vertical Jenga block: 1,400, achieved by Auldin Maxwell (Canada) in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada, on 27 March 2021. Auldin previously held this record with 693, but it was broken by Justin Cheung, a fellow Canadian, with 809. Auldin then reclaimed his record.