Dubbed the Elastic Man, Gary Turner Holds a Guinness World Record for the Stretchiest Skin

Yana Bostongirl

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Due to a rare medical condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Gary Turner can pull the skin of his neck, face, and even eyelids away from his body. Per reports, he is also able to stretch the skin on his stomach out 6.25 inches garnering him a spot in the Guinness World Record for the world's stretchiest skin.

But perhaps his most mind-boggling feat is his ability to pull the skin from his neck completely over his lower jaw!

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a condition of the connective tissues affecting the skin, internal organs, and ligaments in the body. Those who suffer from this condition have looser skin on account of defective collagen which is responsible for skin elasticity. While it is estimated that around 1 in 5000-20,000, people are affected by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Turner suffers from an extremely rare form of this genetic disorder.

Born in 1971, Turner recalls that he knew his skin was unique from an early age when his uncles would show his stretchy skin off to friends. Although watching Turner pull his skin away from his body may appear painful to onlookers, he doesn't feel any pain as this excerpt explains: "Stretching doesn't hurt at all. However, other aspects of the syndrome are very painful, e.g. joints."

In addition to acting in the 2014 movie titled "He Took His Skin Off for Me," Turner is also a performer for the Circus of Horrors and later, the Royal Family of Strange People in London. It is said that he does a terrifying impression of Batman with the aid of heavy-duty bulldog clips to pull his sagging skin down.

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