Daniel Browning Smith

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Daniel Browning Smith
Born (1979-05-08) May 8, 1979 (age 39)
Meridian, Mississippi, United States
Nationality American
Other names The Rubberboy
Occupation Actor, contortionist, television host, comedian, sports entertainer, stuntman,
Years active 2002–present

Daniel Browning Smith, also known as The Rubberboy (born May 8, 1979), is an American contortionist, actor, television host, comedian, sports entertainer, and stuntman, who holds the title of the most flexible person in history, owning a total of seven Guinness World Records. Smith owes his flexibility to the genetic condition hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome - hEDS. Smith, though, has a difference than most cases of hEDS because while he only experiences some moderate muscle pain, many people with hEDS have severe muscle and bone pain, with many who also have a range of autonomic nervous system and endocrine system problems. While Smith is often cited as simply having Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, there are actually thirteen types of EDS, with the specific type determined by the particular genetic mutation [1][2]

Early life

Smith was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi, United States. He has one sister and one brother. He was inspired by contortionists since the age of four, giving him the dream of becoming the world's best one. At this time, Daniel began to jump off the top bunk bed and land in a straddle split, much to the amazement of his family. Later, in his teen years, he began street performing with this technique to attract people's attention. When Smith turned 18, he joined a touring circus show. After this, he began contortion training under Master Lu Yi at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts.[3]




  1. ^ "What is EDS? – The Ehlers-Danlos Support UK". Ehlers-danlos.org. Retrieved 12 July 2018. 
  2. ^ "Rare Medical Condition Is the Secret to Contortionist's Ability". ABC News. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Smith, Contortionist Daniel Browning. "Contortionist Daniel Browning Smith - Guinness World Records' Most Flexible Man". Ttherubberboy.com. Retrieved 12 July 2018. 
  4. ^ "Stan Lee's Superhumans Documentary". IMDB. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 

External links

  • Daniel Browning Smith on IMDb
  • Daniel Browning Smith at TV Guide
  • Daniel Browning Smith at TV.com

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