Story on "America's Got Talent" strongman coming Sunday

Story on "America's Got Talent" strongman coming Sunday

I had the pleasure of interviewing John Beatty yesterday, a strongman and nurse from Pesotum who's competing on "America's Got Talent."

You can see his Chicago audition for the show here and his website here.

My story will run Sunday, but one of the questions he answered didn't fit.

I couldn't help but ask him - what kind of frying pan was that?

"It's just a Walmart, standard frying pan," he told me.

He told me he buys three-packs, and he and his wife, Julie, will cycle them through their household before Beatty rips them up.  (But for a bigger event, like his Chicago audition for the NBC show, he'll use a new one.)

"I go through a decent amount of money tearing stuff up in shows," he said, especially when he starts bending things like crescent wrenches. That's a feat that usually impresses the men, he said, but he has to do it at the beginning of his show, when he's not yet too tired. Once, he made the mistake of saving it for the end of the show and almost blacked out.

Photo: A 2007 file photo by Robert K. O'Daniell showing Beatty and his daughter, Adaira (then 6), bending steel together.

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